Navigant Consulting
Howard Gendler (pictured) has been promoted to managing director of Navigant Consulting. He currently leads the business’ international development efforts, with a primary focus on disputes and investigations. Gendler has over 25 years’ experience directing sales and IT for European and US clients. He joined Navigant from Milnet, a litigation support firm, and has also worked at KPMG. He is originally from upstate New York.

FTI Consulting
FTI has made two senior appointments: Edward J. Reilly joins as global chief executive of strategic communications, while Geoffrey Pelham-Lane has been appointed global president of Financial Dynamics, the financial PR consultancy.

Reilly will now be in charge of strategic communications and will coordinate the integration of this segment into the broader business. Before his promotion, Reilly was chief executive of operations in the Americas.

Pelham-Lane will now be responsible for growing the FD business globally, having been chief executive of UK operations. Both appointees will join FTI’s executive committee and are replacing Charles Watson, recently appointed global chairman. They will take up their new roles in January.

The pharmaceutical giant has appointed Baroness Shriti Vadera as a non-executive director. She will take up the role in January, when she will also joint the firm’s audit committee.

Previously, she has held numerous senior ministerial posts and was adviser to the chancellor from 1999 to 2007. The news follows Vadera’s appointment last week as a non-executive director of BHP Billiton.

International energy services group Hunting has appointed David Barr as a non-executive director. Barr is a former executive of Baker Hughes, where he was group president of completion and product. At Hunting, he will now join the audit, remuneration and nomination committees. He is also currently a non-executive chairman of Logan International, a non-executive of Geophysical Corporation, and a director Probe Technologies.