NEW YORK—FTI Consulting, the global business advisory firm and parent company of international corporate and financial communications specialist FD has named Declan Kelly to the position of executive vice president and chief integration officer. Kelly will continue as chairman of FD’s U.S. operations, and Ed Reilly, previously president and COO of FD U.S., will take over as chief executive officer for FD Americas.
Kelly had served as CEO of FD in the U.S. for the past six year. In his new position, he will be responsible for the global integration of FTI's existing businesses and acquisitions. He will also focus on the company's worldwide marketing and communications strategy, its companywide business development, corporate strategy and client relationship management programs and the implementation of the company's global brand strategy.
According to Jack Dunn, president and CEO of FTI Consulting, "FTI has exciting and challenging opportunities ahead of it and an array of resources and skills to assist in seizing them. Harnessing those resources and skills in one C-Suite department under a dynamic and experienced professional like Declan can only serve to accelerate our success.”
Kelly worked in journalism and communications companies before starting his own business in 1999. That business was later acquired by the holding company that also owned FD. He and FD chief executive Charles Watson led a management buyout of FD in July 2003 and the subsequent sale of the company to FTI Consulting in September of 2006.
In related news, Mark McCall, formerly general manager of FD in New York, was named president and chief operating officer for FD Americas, and Cara O'Brien was named GM of the New York office.