Ankura has appointed Richard Merino as senior managing director. Based in Washington, D.C., Merino has 20 years of experience in operations, regulatory compliance and process improvement within the healthcare industry.

He provides additional depth and breadth to Ankura’s leading healthcare disputes, compliance, investigations and advisory offerings, including expertise in government program compliance, payer/provider strategy and reimbursement, risk advisory services, and merger and acquisition strategy and advisory.

“We are thrilled to welcome Richard to the Ankura community. His extensive knowledge, broad expertise and impressive skillset will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen and expand our healthcare offerings to payors and providers,” said Mary Beth Edwards, senior managing director.

Prior to joining Ankura, Merino served as a managing director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ risk assurance segment and was responsible for the firm’s national healthcare compliance practice. His experience over the past two decades has focused on Medicare and Medicaid plan sponsors, commercial managed care entities, hospital and provider practice organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, and other healthcare related entities.