LONDON—Senior MD Malcolm Gooderham has departed FTI Consulting, just 12 months after he joined the firm to lead its EMEA thought leadership practice.

Gooderham arrived at FTI one year ago, after previously leading his own consultancy, TLG. He was unavailable for comment on his next move, but industry sources said he is expected to form a team to launch a new agency within the next few months.

John Waples, who heads FTI Consulting strategic communications practice in the UK, told the Holmes Report that the firm is still keen to build its thought leadership capabilities.

"We gave it 12 months," said Waples of Gooderham's departure. "We leave on good terms. He is a very talented individual."

"There definitely is a requirement from big international clients to have that thought leadership," added Waples. "It's still possible we would work with Malcolm in the future."

Gooderham launched TLG in 2007 after working for Weber Shandwick, Bell Pottinger and the Conservative Party. Part of his brief at FTI was thought to involve public affairs, but the firm has since hired Alex Deane to lead this practice.