Elizabeth Saunders, Chairman of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting
September 28, 2012
Elizabeth Saunders is the Chairman of Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting. Prior to her role at FTI Consulting, Ms. Saunders co-founded Ashton Partners in 1997, a strategic advisory firm focused on financial communications. Ashton was one of the country's top 15 independent investor relations firms.
Ms. Saunders specializes in building best practices investor relations programs across a wide spectrum of clients. She also serves as senior counsel for business transformation assignments and has actively worked on post-merger communications, CEO transitions, and restructurings for Fortune 500 Companies including Coca-Cola and Dow Chemical. She has also worked extensively in the technology space with companies including Dell, Symantec and Juniper.
Renowned for her expertise in the area of corporate governance, Ms. Saunders has published numerous articles, lectured throughout the U.S. on shareholder activism strategies, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Boards & Directors Magazine. She was also named to Crain’s “40 Under 40 List”.
Prior to founding Ashton Partners, Ms. Saunders was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the investor relations consulting arm of Thomson Financial Services. Before this, she created and managed the Shareholder Services division of the Financial Relations Board. Earlier in her career, Ms. Saunders served as an analyst for Inland Steel’s Pension Fund and a senior analyst for Monticello Investments, a Chicago area merchant banking firm.
Ms. Saunders holds a law degree from DePaul University, with a concentration in Securities Law, and a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. She is actively involved with Catholic Charities and The Cradle and is on the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute, and head of its Emerging Issues Committee.