Max Gebhardt is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and Head of South Africa Strategic Communications segment. Mr. Gebhardt leads the specialist advisory teams in Johannesburg and Cape Town. A former financial journalist and editor for nearly 20 years, Mr. Gebhardt is responsible for advising clients on the best practice and good governance when it comes to their investor relations and communication needs.
Mr. Gebhardt was the Deputy Editor and Acting Editor of the ‘Financial Mail’, as well as the Business Affairs Editor of ‘Business Day’ prior to joining FTI Consulting. At the ‘Financial Mail’ he was responsible for managing the magazine’s newsroom, content and overall editorial direction.
Prior to joining the ‘Financial Mail’ and ‘Business Day’, he was a director of a leading South African based investor relations and communications agency, responsible for the company’s private sector division. He advised a host of local and international blue chip companies such as Tiger Brands, Vodacom, ArcelorMittal South Africa, State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Coega Development Corporation, Sallies, Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Weizwe Platinum among others. Mr. Gebhardt’s expertise includes mergers and acquisition activity, investor relations, crisis communications and ongoing strategic communications.
Previously, he had worked at a number of local financial publications, including Managing Editor of ‘Business Report’, senior reporter at ‘Business Day TV’, financial reporter at ‘Mail & Guardian’ and investigative reporter at ‘Independent Newspapers’.
Mr. Gebhardt was named as the Citi Financial Journalist of the Year in 2013 for his work on the bread cartel in South Africa and the impact of the breaking up of the cartel on bread prices.