Adds Government Expertise to Address Ongoing Regulations and Mandates Imposed on Companies
Washington, D.C. – February 18, 2015 –Guidepost Solutions LLC grew its presence in the Washington, D.C. market with the addition of three new hires whose backgrounds include substantial government experience. David H. Katz joined as a senior managing director; John G. Connolly joined as a managing director, and Kent Solt joined as senior director.
“Over the past few years companies in a wide range of industries have faced a dramatic increase in compliance related responsibilities as a result of the growing number of regulatory mandates imposed by federal and state governments,” stated CEO Julie Myers Wood. “David, John and Kent, with their combined experience and in-depth backgrounds, will help our clients navigate complex and changing regulations; assess their business compliance programs and plan initiatives to meet new compliance requirements.”
As Senior Managing Director, Katz will work with Guidepost’s clients on matters related to compliance, securities, commodities, tax, litigation, and financial fraud. Previously, he was Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he advised the Subcommittee and its Chairman Senator Levin on investigative and legislative matters. Katz also held senior positions with the Internal Revenue Service, and the National Association of Securities Dealers (now Financial Industry Regulatory Authority/FINRA). He began his career at the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney for the Fraud Section of its Criminal Division. His private sector experience includes serving as a partner at Petillon, Hiraide, Loomis & Katz LLP where he represented broker-dealers and corporations in connection with financial fraud, insider trading, and security fraud matters. Katz received a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Boston University.
Connolly joined Guidepost as a managing director. Previously, he was the Deputy Executive Associate Director for the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) where he had a wide range of management responsibilities including the supervision of Homeland Security Investigations daily operations and oversight of its financial and national security divisions. Since 2002, Connolly served DHS in several senior positions including Special Agent in Charge of the Washington, D.C. and Houston offices; Deputy Assistant Director for Domestic Operations; Senior Advisor to the Director; and Assistant Director for International Operations where he oversaw ICE’s 67 offices around the world. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
As a senior director for Guidepost’s diligence services group, Solt will work closely with investigation teams providing research and data analytics. Most recently, he was a senior investigative analyst with KeyPoint Government Solutions where he was a member of the monitoring team for a large international bank. In addition, he provided due diligence and analytical services for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program. Earlier in his career, Solt spent over a decade with LexisNexis Legal Publishing and held several positions including editorial manager and lead content planner. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in journalism/mass communications from the University of Northern Colorado.
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