Senior Managing Director
As a senior managing director in Chicago, Elizabeth Saunders is responsible for leading Riveron’s ESG and Strategic Communications practice.
Elizabeth (“Beth”) Saunders is the former co-founder of Clermont Partners and former chairman of FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications segment in the Americas. She has extensive experience in ESG strategy and communications, transaction advisory, and shareholder activism defense. Beth, working with partner, Victoria Sivrais, built Clermont Partners into the leading integrated ESG and Financial Communications advisory firm before its acquisition by Riveron in June 2022.
She serves as senior counsel to boards and executive teams of public companies undertaking transformational environmental and social programs and commitments. Beth is a tireless proponent of the integration of reasonable and achievable sustainability and equality commitments and reporting into all aspects of stakeholder communications. She has published numerous articles and lectured throughout the U.S. on business transformation, ESG adoption, and shareholder activism. She has also been quoted in Board & Directors Magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Earlier in her career, Beth was a co-founder of Ashton Partners, one of the top independent investor relations firms in the U.S., which was sold to FTI Consulting in 2008. She is on the Board of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute, and head of its Emerging Issues Committee. Beth was elected as a NIRI Fellow in 2019.
Education and Certifications
- Doctor of Law, Securities Law, DePaul University
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, University of Notre Dame
- National Association of Corporate Director (NACD) “Directorship 100”
- Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40”
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