Meredith Griffanti is a Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting and is based in New York City. She is an award-winning crisis communications and cybersecurity PR professional and is the Global Head of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Communications practice. She provides communications counsel to clients on both cybersecurity preparedness and incident response matters involving personal identifiable information (“PII”), protected health information (“PHI”), intellectual property (“IP”) and other sensitive data across a wide range of industries. She has worked on some of the most high-profile and highly sensitive data breaches around the world and has successfully navigated the communications response to cybersecurity incidents such as nation-state, critical infrastructure and major, double-extortion ransomware attacks.
Ms. Griffanti helps her clients effectively and transparently communicate with their key stakeholders – from media, to employees, to customers and regulators – before, during and after a cybersecurity incident. In 2022, she was recognized in the Chambers & Partners Crisis & Risk Management guide and received an individual ranking in the USA-Nationwide category for Crisis PR & Communications. In 2021, she received the Cybersecurity Excellence Award, was named the “Cybersecurity PR Professional of the Year” and captured Consulting Magazine’s “2021 Rising Star Award” for her crisis communications expertise. She was named a “2020 Person of the Year” for crisis management by PR News. She is currently preparing for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (“CISSP”) exam to further deepen her cybersecurity credentials.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Griffanti spent six years at Equifax, a NYSE-listed company with more than USD3 billion in annual revenue, in several strategic communications leadership roles. As the Crisis Communications Leader at Equifax, she was responsible for driving enterprise messaging around the response to one of the largest cyberattacks in history. Post-breach, she worked closely with the company’s Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Transformation Officer to rebuild trust with the public and communicate remediation efforts and program enhancements to the company’s cybersecurity program to key stakeholders, including Equifax’s customers, investors and regulators. She also helped to revamp Equifax’s crisis management protocols and processes post-breach and advised executive leadership in advance of critical public appearances, such as U.S. Congressional hearings and media interviews.
Previously, Ms. Griffanti was Equifax’s International Public Affairs Leader, where she spearheaded the company’s external engagement program across 10 Latin American countries to shape public opinion, advocate for favorable policies and mitigate regulatory risks for the company. A fluent Spanish speaker, she was responsible for driving the company’s response to various crises across Latin America, as well as the integration strategies for several multi-million-dollar acquisitions. As Equifax’s Senior Director of Public Relations & Corporate Communications, she managed communications strategies for the company’s two largest business units, helping to improve Equifax’s overall reputation with consumers, regulators and customers.
Ms. Griffanti began her career on Capitol Hill, where she served as a communications director, spokesperson and press secretary to several elected officials. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia and furthered her international studies abroad at the Universität Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.
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