FTI bolsters crisis and public affairs practices with two senior hires

Meredith Griffanti and Cory Fritz joined the firm as MDs last week.

Meredith Griffanti and Cory Fritz
Meredith Griffanti and Cory Fritz

WASHINGTON: FTI Consulting has hired Equifax veteran Meredith Griffanti as an MD in its crisis and issues management practice and former Capitol Hill staffer Cory Fritz as a public affairs MD.

Griffanti and Fritz joined the firm on February 18. Griffanti reports to senior MD Myron Marlin, while Fritz reports to Jackson Dunn, the Americas head of public affairs for FTI. The firm has not yet fixed the size or composition of the teams Griffanti and Fritz will lead, said Brian Kennedy, senior MD and head of Americas strategic communications at FTI.

Griffanti said FTI’s crisis comms strength attracted her to the firm.

"I’ve always felt it was my strong suit and helping businesses and organizations face complex challenges and come out stronger because of them," she said. "And that was the reason I looked to join. They also have a new cyber security practice that’s off to great start and bringing in a lot of business."

Before FTI, Griffanti was strategy and comms leader in Equifax’s office of transformation where, according to a statement, she handled crisis comms during the security breach the company weathered in 2017. Prior to that, she was Equifax’s international public affairs leader.

Griffanti’s career started on Capitol Hill, where she worked as press and communications adviser to former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey, and U.S. Congressman Paul Broun.

"When I came to Washington, DC, I never intended to make a career out of it," said Fritz, explaining his decision to join FTI. "I was more than a little ready to step out of the political food fights."

Prior to FTI, Fritz was deputy staff director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, specifically serving on chair Ed Royce’s senior staff, according to a release announcing the hires. Royce decided not to seek reelection, making 2018 his last year in the House of Representatives.

Before that, Fritz worked for former House Speaker John Boehner, first as political communications director and then as an on-the-record spokesperson, responding to the Capitol press corps. He started his comms career in Washington, DC, as a speechwriter and assistant press secretary for the deceased Senator George Voinovich.

Griffanti and Fritz aren’t the only senior FTI hires this year. In January, Frederick Hill was named MD in FTI’s strategic comms segment, leading the telecom, media, and technology sector of the firm’s public affairs practice.

Last October, FTI’s strategic communications segment reported that Q3 2018 revenue increased 14.3% to $55.1 million. FTI will report full-year 2018 and Q4 2018 numbers on Tuesday.

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