Nardello & Co. Bolsters Leadership as Firm Enters New Growth Phase

Sabina Menschel Named President & COO

Advisory Board Formed to Help Guide Strategic Expansion and New Initiatives

NEW YORK--()--Nardello & Co. LLC, the leading global investigations firm, today announced that Sabina Menschel has been named President of the firm; she will also continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The firm also announced the formation of an Advisory Board to help guide it in its next phase of growth.

Ms. Menschel joined Nardello & Co. in 2015 as Managing Director and Head of the firm’s Washington, DC office and was soon promoted to COO. In the newly created position of President and COO, she will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the firm. At the helm of Nardello & Co.’s management team, she will also play a vital role in ensuring that the firm continues to uphold its values – integrity, exemplary work and independence.

“Sabina has made an enormous contribution to the firm since joining us, and I can think of no one more qualified to lead us in this next phase of growth,” said Dan Nardello, the founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Nardello & Co. “Sabina’s investigative and strategic skills, coupled with her deep knowledge of best practices, have helped further distinguish Nardello & Co. as the premiere global investigative firm. She has been integral to our growth both domestically and internationally, and I am looking forward to her continued contributions in her newly expanded role as President and COO.”

“It is an honor to lead such a talented and accomplished group of professionals who have helped establish Nardello & Co. as one of the world’s leading investigative firms. As we continue to grow our business, we remain focused on conducting our work with the highest level of ethics and integrity and are committed to providing our clients with the superb results they have come to expect,” said Ms. Menschel.

The Advisory Board is comprised of leading professionals with extensive expertise in corporate, legal, regulatory and investigative matters in both the public and private sectors. Its four members include Lucy Fato, current General Counsel of AIG; Chris Jones, former Chairman and CEO of J Walter Thompson Co.; Geoff Cruikshanks, former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Deutsche Post AG; and Kohtaro Miyagi, former Managing Director of Canon Singapore, all of whom will enhance the firm’s already solid commitment to quality, best practices and legal and ethical standards. The Advisory Board will guide Nardello & Co. on its growth strategy, specifically regarding strategic initiatives and partnerships.

“Nardello & Co. has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years, and as we continue to expand our client base and capabilities, we determined the time was right to formalize our relationship with four individuals whom I have known and respected for years,” said Mr. Nardello. “Lucy, Chris, Geoff and Kohtaro are outstanding leaders in their respective fields and will provide us with sound and strategic counsel as we navigate the dynamic investigative landscape around the globe. Nardello & Co. will benefit greatly from the insights of our distinguished advisors.”

Sabina Menschel Biography

Sabina Menschel is President & Chief Operating Officer of Nardello & Co. and is based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School, Sabina has over 16 years of experience leading domestic and international due diligence, litigation support, fraud and global asset recovery investigations on behalf of financial institutions, law firms and multinationals.

Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Sabina was a Managing Director at K2 Intelligence, an international risk consultancy, in New York and then in Washington, DC. She joined K2 at its inception and helped establish its investigative practice. She also played an active role in client engagements, including leading a billion-dollar asset recovery investigation of a family-controlled company for a US multinational. That investigation spanned Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US, and identified numerous businesses and substantial assets. Sabina has led numerous other asset searches against foreign sovereigns, global and domestic corporations and high-net-worth individuals.

Sabina began her investigative career as a research analyst at Kroll, and rose to Director of Research for the New York office and then to Global Head of Training for the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice.

Earlier in her career, Sabina served as a Special Advisor in the Directorate of Intelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s headquarters in Washington, DC. In that capacity, she worked with senior management to refine and strengthen the FBI’s intelligence gathering capabilities and implement its intelligence transformation efforts in response to the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Advisory Board Biographies

Lucy Fato

Lucy Fato is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of AIG, overseeing the Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs functions. Prior to AIG, Lucy was Head of the Americas and General Counsel of Nardello & Co.

Previously, Lucy was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial (now known as S&P Global). Prior to joining McGraw Hill Financial, Lucy was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Lucy began her legal career at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent fourteen years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group.

In 2009, Lucy was inducted into the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), a non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to maintain the park for the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. In 2015, she was RIPA’s business honoree and was named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” in 2015 and 2017 for her dedication to corporate ethics.

Lucy is a frequent speaker on topics such as risk and crisis management, corporate governance, and legal and compliance best practices. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in business and economics, and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is the former worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J Walter Thompson Co, one of the world’s largest international advertising groups. He was the youngest person and first non-American to hold this position in the company’s 140-year history. Chris is currently a trustee for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and is a member of its Finance and Audit Committees. He is also a trustee of the Pew Charitable Trust.

Chris has developed an extensive range of business interests around the world. In financial services, he is an outside member of the Partner Board at pan-European private equity firm Motion Equity Partners and the Chairman of Results International, a global M&A advisory house specializing in marketing services. In healthcare, he is a member of the Board of Becton Dickinson and Co, a world leader in the manufacture of medical devices, diagnostic equipment and bio-science hardware, and a board member of the Oxford Musculo-Skeletal Clinic. Chris has also served – at various times -- as a board member or adviser to: Central Trust plc, Xenogen of Alameda California, the Pavilion Clinic, Freedom Holdings, Webs Inc, Commarco, Debeers Diamond Jewellery and Marakon Associates.

In addition to his toles at IISS and Pew in the not-for-profit sector, Chris is Chair of the Governors at the Dragon School and of the Finance Committee at St Edward’s School and a Trustee of the Ashmolean Museum. He sits on the Advisory Committee to the University Library at Cambridge, the Health Advisory Board at John Hopkins School of Public Health, and is Chair of the board at the Blackbird Academy Trust.

Chris is a graduate of Cambridge University.

Geoff Cruikshanks

Geoff Cruikshanks has assisted Nardello & Co. in developing and implementing its international growth strategy since 2014. Based in Brussels and London, Geoff has extensive, multi-national experience in legal services, regulatory affairs, compliance policy and risk management. That experience, together with his deep knowledge of the legal and compliance issues facing multi-national corporations, is critical to ensuring Nardello & Co.’s services continue to meet the needs of General Counsels and compliance officers.

Geoff was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Deutsche Post AG. He enjoyed a successful 32-year career at DHL and its parent company, Deutsche Post AG. Geoff began that career in 1982 as the organization’s first international legal counsel and was instrumental in establishing its early legal and tax structure. He played a pivotal role as the company financed and built its early infrastructure of subsidiaries, agents, hubs, gateways and aircraft throughout the world. Geoff was influential in negotiating DHL’s key strategic and business partnerships in the 1980s and 90s, many of which still exist today. In 2003, Geoff was appointed Executive Vice President, Legal Services Logistics, Insurance and Risk Management for the Deutsche Post Group and in 2011 became General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. His most recent achievements include building and leading Deutsche Post’s world-class compliance organization.

Geoff, a graduate of Cambridge University, is a qualified UK solicitor and is fluent in French. He started his professional career with the London law firm Rowe & Maw.

Kohtaro Miyagi

Kohtaro Miyagi is the non-executive Chairman of Nardello & Co.’s Japan Practice. Based in Tokyo, Kohtaro has a wealth of global corporate experience accumulated during more than 40 years working for Canon Inc., one of Japan’s most prestigious corporations. This included serving as a member of the Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed company’s board of directors from 1995 to 2001. Kohtaro spent approximately half of his career with Canon overseas, initially in Holland before further assignments as Managing Director and CEO of Canon Australia, Canon Singapore and Canon Hong Kong. He also sat on the board of the Japan Corporate Auditors Association from 2001 to 2004. Upon his retirement from Canon in 2004, Kohtaro was an official Advisor to the company for five years, and concurrently spent two years lecturing MBA students at Tokyo’s Aoyama Gakuin University in strategic marketing. In 2006, he was appointed a non-executive director of Tokyo-listed Sumida Corporation, a global manufacturer of inductive components and modules. He held this position until 2014.

Kohtaro graduated from Keio University in Tokyo with a Bachelor of Law degree.

About Nardello & Co.

Nardello & Co. is a global investigations firm with experienced professionals handling a broad range of issues including the FCPA/UK Bribery Act and other corruption-related investigations, civil and white collar criminal litigation and arbitration support, asset tracing, strategic intelligence and political risk assessment, computer forensics, and reputational due diligence. The firm’s clients include the world’s leading law firms and financial institutions, Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, governments, NGOs, sports organizations and academic institutions. With offices in New York, London, Washington DC, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan and Dubai, Nardello & Co.’s professional staff includes former US federal prosecutors, former general counsels of multinational corporations, US and international lawyers, former law enforcement personnel and intelligence operatives, licensed investigators, research analysts, former journalists, financial crime specialists, forensic accountants and computer forensic experts.


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