FTI Consulting has expanded its aviation offering with the launch of a dedicated global industry practice. The practice, which is intended to provide aviation clients with a holistic suite of transactional, reputational and operational solutions, will be led by Marc Bilbao and Neal Cohen, who join FTI Consulting as senior managing directors within its corporate finance & restructuring segment. Bilbao has served as managing director at Imperial Capital since 2005, and Cohen was previously chief financial officer of Northwest Airlines. “The global aviation and aerospace industries are under as much stress as perhaps any point in their history during this unprecedented time,” said Michael Eisenband, global co-leader of FTI’s corporate finance & restructuring segment. “With the mix of finance, restructuring and operations experience that Marc and Neal possess, they are ideal leaders to partner and launch our expanded Aviation offering.”


5W Public Relations has expanded its technology practice with the addition of a HR Tech division, a specialty sub-practice that centers on the needs of HR tech clients. 5WPR has already worked with established and emerging HR platforms that include Careerbuilder, Justworks, Hibob, Peopledoc, Harqen.AI and Harver, and says that the new division will allow for a more focused approach, addressing specific needs of the industry. “The creation of the division comes at a time of changing needs due to remote workforces, as companies need to adapt," said Ronn Torossian, CEO and Founder at 5WPR. "We have been servicing HR tech clients for years, and have built a secure strategy to produce results."


VSC is partnering with The LAGRANT Foundation on its efforts to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations through such programs as its Influence Fellowship, which aims to create opportunities for Black and Latinx college students. The paid 12-week program gives participants hands-on experience working on campaigns for companies in the biotech, automotive, fintech, venture capital and retail sectors. The Influence Fellowship is expected to begin on Oct. 5. Interested students may apply through September 1st at https://vsc.co/join/. VSC’s client roster incudes Softbank, Clearbanc, Tile and Poshmark.