Ankura Consulting Group, a business advisory and expert services firm, has appointed Steven Richards as senior managing director. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Richards will practice within Ankura’s Investigations & Accounting Advisory group.

Richards brings to Ankura more than 20 years of experience in forensic accounting, corporate investigations, financial reporting, and audit regulation, in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was with Deloitte, where he was a partner in the forensic advisory practice, as well as a senior advisory partner to Deloitte Leadership and Office of General Counsel relating to audit regulation and public policy matters.

He also has served as a regulator at both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), where he was a special advisor to the chairman and senior advisor to the director of enforcement and investigations.  While at the SEC, Richards was an Assistant Chief Accountant in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he performed numerous fraud investigations involving accounting, disclosure, and audit issues.