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Vertex Appoints New CEO and Chairman of the Board

March 31, 2024

VERTEX Announces Appointment of David Tortorello, PE as Chief Executive Officer and William McConnell, PE MSCE, JD as Chairman of the Board

The Vertex Companies, LLC (Vertex), a leading Forensics and AEC (Architecture-Engineering-Construction) firm, today announced the appointment of David Tortorello PE as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 21, 2024. William (Bill) McConnell, PE, MSCE, JD former CEO, has been appointed the position of Chairman of the Board.

David brings 35 years of experience in the global construction disputes industry to Vertex. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman at Ankura and prior to that he was the General Manager of the $325 million Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment at Navigant, where he built and grew the division globally.

We are excited to welcome David Tortorello to The Vertex Companies, LLC as our new CEO. David embraces Vertex’s purpose of Bettering Outcomes for our clients, colleagues, and communities, and he appreciates our POWER OF AND strategy that differentiates us in the industry because we offer both claims-related services as well as traditional AEC offerings.

Bill McConnell, PE, MSCE, JD

While at Navigant, David Tortorello expanded Navigant’s Disputes and Forensics practice to London, Dubai, Doha, Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. He also led the sale of Navigant’s $325 million Disputes and Forensics segment to Ankura in 2018.

Vertex is poised for significant growth, not only in the US but globally. My objective is to build on the strong Vertex platform of forensic experts and AEC professionals that already exists across North America. Global expansion positions us as industry leaders and enables us to deliver solutions worldwide.”

David Tortorello PE

About David Tortorello

David Tortorello brings a wealth of experience in global expansion and business leadership to The Vertex Companies. Throughout his career, he has consistently demonstrated a strong track record of technical leadership, business advisory, and expert services. David built, grew and led multi-million dollar consulting practices, increasing revenue and profit while investing in the professional growth and advancement of his teams. David hired, developed, and retained a loyal following of top talent for over three decades through positive and challenging business cycles. In addition to over 35 years of business leadership and advisory consulting, David is a Licensed Professional Engineer, and holds an MBA. He is a recognized subject matter expert in construction claims analysis, scheduling, and cost analysis for major infrastructure developments. He has testified in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings on some of the largest and most complicated projects. Read more about David Tortorello.

About Bill McConnell

Bill McConnell is a co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of The Vertex Companies, LLC, an international AEC firm. Bill is a seasoned expert witness for domestic and international megaproject disputes. He has testified nearly 200 times, most notably for quantum/damages, scheduling, allocation, productivity, termination, and standard of care opinions. Recently published, Bill is a frequent presenter at many construction, engineering, and law conferences each year. Learn more about Bill McConnell.

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