Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing management, economic, and financial consulting services, today announced that Rebecca Szelc has joined the firm as a vice president in the Financial Accounting & Valuation Practice based in Dallas. Ms. Szelc is an experienced consulting and testifying expert on economic damages issues associated with a variety of complex commercial disputes. “Rebecca Szelc’s arrival at CRA not only strengthens our national practice in financial accounting and valuation matters, but also expands our local offering in the Dallas market where we began to establish a presence earlier in this year,” said CRA's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “Her experience as both a consultant and testifying expert provides a valuable offering to clients. It is a pleasure to welcome Rebecca to CRA.” Ms. Szelc has provided consulting and testifying expertise on economic damages associated with tortious interference, theft of trade secrets, patent and copyright infringement, false advertising, loss of use and breach of contract, among other complex commercial disputes. In addition to her litigation support experience, she has extensive experience with virtually every type of insured peril, including product recalls, windstorms, floods, earthquakes, explosions and fires, as well as with all manner of degrees of interruption of operations. She joins CRA from Bickel & Brewer where she was the managing director of consulting. Prior to that role, Ms. Szelc was a partner with Deloitte for 10 years. As a partner in the Financial Advisory Services Practice, she provided expert testimony in commercial lawsuits, mediations and arbitrations, assisted Fortune 500 clients in recovery from natural and man-made disasters, and also served as a leader in the firm’s Women’s Initiative for the advancement and retention of high talent women. Ms. Szelc holds a MBA degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a BS degree in Management from Louisiana State University. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hockaday School.
Shares of CRA International (Nasdaq:CRAI) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $24.92 as of 11:21 a.m. ET, 23.4% above Wednesday's closing price of $20.19. Volume is at 20,984, 0.5 times the daily average of 40,100.