Navigant appoints directors for Disputes & Investigations practice in Dubai

22 June 2018

Specialist global professional services firm Navigant has bolstered its Dubai-based Global Disputes and Investigations practice with the appointment of Jacqui Record and Kassem Younes as its new managing and associate directors.

Record and Younes both have extensive experience in forensic accounting and litigation on criminal and civil matters across the globe, and have both crossed from Deloitte’s Middle East forensic & disputes team – as managing director and assistant director respectively – with Record joining Navigant for a second time following a two-year directorial stint in London from 2007.

Altogether, the new managing director Record has over 25 years of experience in forensic accounting, kicking off her career with PwC in London in 1987 where over six years she progressed to the Litigation and Special Investigation Services Division as a Manager, having joined the firm after attaining a Bachelor of Science (hons) in Economics and Accountancy with City, University of London.

Following PwC, Record spent another six years with Arthur Andersen as a director, heading up the fraud and litigation services division for Southern Africa, following which she joined Deloitte for the first time as a Director for Forensic Services in Cape Town, South Africa – staying on in the country for a further expert witness role with local law firm Edward Nathan.Jacqui Record and Kassem Younes - NavigantFrom there, Record returned to London for her initial stint with Navigant – as a Forensic Accounting Director specialising in International Arbitration and Construction matters – before providing freelance expertise for the firm upon moving to the Middle East in 2009, until again joining Deloitte in its Dubai branch for six year before her recent return to Navigant.

Younes, meanwhile, until taking up the Associate Director role with Navigant last month, has been with Deloitte since starting out on a three month internship with the Big Four firm’s Beirut office in 2009, working his way up through the roles of Senior Auditor and then Manager of Financial Advisory Services in the UAE before taking on the Assistant Director position for Forensic & Dispute Services for Deloitte in Dubai.

“We are pleased to welcome Jacqui and Kassem to the global Disputes and Economics practice,” Darin Buchalter, managing director and leader of Navigant’s global Construction practice and the Disputes and Economics practice in EMEA and Asia Pacific, said. “Their breadth of experience further extends the solutions we can provide our clientele in the Middle East.”

David Tortorello, leader of Navigant’s Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology segment, (under which its Disputes and Economics practice falls), added; “The addition of these talented individuals to our global Disputes and Economics practice strengthens our group of leading experts and complements our established team in Dubai.” In addition to Dubai, the firm has bases in Abu Dhabi and Doha.

Late last year, Navigant's Dubai office also welcomed Paul Taplin as Managing Director and Chris Hewkin as a Director to its global Construction practice

Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.