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WHAT DOES WINNING THE AWARD MEAN TO YOU, YOUR FIRM AND YOUR CLIENTS?
“It is rewarding
category. I am
the firm sought
to nominate me
Ellen Zimiles followed an exceptional
10-year legal career in regulatory enforcement by founding a consulting firm and
then rising to segment leader of Navigant’s
Financial, Risk and Compliance (FR&C)
segment, while also retaining leadership of
Navigant’s Global Investigations and Compliance practice within FR&C.
She joined Navigant in 2010 through the
acquisition of Daylight Forensic & Advi-
sory, an international consulting firm where
she was founder and CEO. “Starting my
own firm was a highlight of my private sec-
tor career,” she says. “The process of secur-
ing venture capital funding and running a
successful business was both a challenging
and rewarding leadership experience.”
Zimiles, who has more than 25 years of liti-
gation and investigation experience, is a Man-
aging Director and head of the firm’s Global
Investigations and Compliance practice as
well as Leader of the Financial Services Advi-
sory and Compliance Segment.
“When I was named the leader of Navigant’s Financial Services Advisory and
Compliance segment, one of the first things I
accomplished was realigning our segment’s
services and professionals based on our clients’ needs and our specializations,” Zimiles says. “We are now better positioned to
deliver a broad range of solutions that can be
tailored to our clients’ unique requirements.”
During her tenure, Navigant has become a
go-to resource for global banks confronting the
post-Dodd-Frank regulatory environment as
well as a partner to governments seeking monitors to ensure compliance with consent decrees.
“I love a good challenge, so being able to solve
complex problems is a huge motivator,” Zim-
iles says. “I’m also inspired when I can ana-
lyze a situation or data and identify patterns or
anomalies that lead to insights, interpretations,
and clarity on what needs to be done.
She has developed anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, fraud control, and public corruption matters.
“I’ve never been afraid to think outside the
box,” she says. “Some of my most successful
ventures were created by looking at situations
from different perspectives, questioning traditional ways of thinking, learning from trial
and error, and listening carefully to others.”
Zimiles says she loves working with her
team to help clients solve thorny problems.
“It’s amazing how collectively we can bring
together ways to address complicated scenar-
ios and enable our clients to succeed and be
proud of the outcomes,” Zimiles says.
She’s also proud of establishing an Autism
work program at both Daylight and Navigant.
“As the parent of a son on the autism spectrum,
I realized the vital role that our nation’s special
needs population can play in the workforce,”
she says. “When I was in a position to make
hiring, I’ve offered career opportunities to per-
sons with developmental disabilities. We’ve
learned that hiring people with developmental
disabilities is a strong business strategy.”
EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ELLEN ZIMILES / NAVIGANT