Elizabeth Saunders is a senior managing director and Americas chairman of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, and is based in Chicago and New York. She also serves as head of the segment’s Financial Communications practice in the Americas.
The Strategic Communications segment she chairs is a global, financial and corporate communications firm with in-depth expertise in investor relations (IR), capital markets communications, and transaction and crisis communications. It is consistently ranked by Mergermarket as one of the top M&A firms globally and was named the 2012 “Corporate Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report.
Ms. Saunders specializes in building best-practice financial communications programs across a wide spectrum of clients. She serves as senior counsel for business-transformation assignments for companies: Dell, Symantec and Transocean.
She has actively worked on post-merger communications, CEO transitions and restructurings assignments for Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola acquisition of its largest North American bottler, CCE; the Dow Chemical acquisition of Rohm & Haas; the merger of Knight Capital Group and GETCO; and various activism contests, defending companies from Carl Icahn, JANA Partners and Relational Investors.
Renowned for her expertise in the area of corporate governance, Ms. Saunders has published numerous articles; lectured throughout the U.S. on shareholder activism strategies; and been quoted in Board & Directors Magazine, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She was also named to the prestigious National Association of Corporate Director (NACD) “Directorship 100” and Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”; and has spoken to the NACD and WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD).
Prior to this, Ms. Saunders was a co-founder of Ashton Partners, one of the top-15 independent IR firms in the U.S. FTI Consulting acquired Ashton Partners in 2001.
Ms. Saunders holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame, and a law degree from DePaul University with a concentration in securities law. She is a member of National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Senior Roundtable, and is a former NIRI board member and Emerging Issues subcommittee chair. Ms. Saunders is also actively involved with Catholic Charities and The Cradle.