--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 8, 2012--Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that energy expert Loretta Cross has joined the firm as a vice president in the Energy & Environment Practice in
. Joining along with Ms. Cross
to create a
has more than 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, operational improvement, litigation support, financial consulting, and restructuring.
She is a recognized expert in the energy industry, and her experience includes all areas of the BTU value chain from exploration and production to consumption.
advises businesses from privately-held companies to large international enterprises and has worked with exploration and production companies, oilfield services companies, power generation companies, pipelines, refineries, and retail energy providers, among others.
specialties include: debt restructuring; business valuation; financial forecasting; forensic analysis; regulatory compliance; litigation support; commercial litigation; damage calculations; and bankruptcy.
Ms. Cross has been a key business advisor to parties in some of the nation's largest bankruptcies and restructurings and she has provided expert testimony in numerous courts across
the United States
. In addition, she
has made dozens of presentations and written numerous publications about restructuring and valuation.
Prior to joining CRA, Ms. Cross held leadership positions at several firms, most recently at
Grant Thornton LLP
, where she was Managing Partner, Energy Advisory, Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Services and founder of the practice.
professional certifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA); and Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV).
She is a member of several professional affiliations, including as Board Member of the