Tom Wendel, the CEO of IGI, has over 15 years of investigative experience at IGI in addition to extensive financial and forensic accounting experience gained from his time as a partner at a major accounting firm and as a financial manager. At IGI, he has led complex internal and litigation support investigations and helped public companies navigate regulatory scrutiny, while also leading the firm through periods of transition and in its recent growth.
Before joining IGI, Wendel was Vice President of Finance for Scripps League Newspapers, where he migrated the accounting systems to a client-server platform and negotiated reductions in core publishing costs. When Scripps contemplated an acquisition, Wendel developed a purchase prospectus for sale of company and served as the principal liaison with investment bankers and attorneys for the successful sale of Scripps to Pulitzer Publishing.
During his time as a partner at Arthur Andersen and Co. in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Wendel was responsible for Andersen’s work on various financial matters, including: financial reporting under generally accepted accounting principles and SEC regulations; internal controls and related auditing considerations; purchase investigations of potential acquisition targets; public security offerings; financial projections; and fraud investigations, including testifying in a federal criminal proceeding.
Wendel is a graduate of Saint Ambrose College.
Wendel has significant experience in a variety of areas, including:
- conducting AML investigations and projects for major financial institutions;
- managing internal investigations of possible fraud by corporate executives, employees, and outside agents;
- supervising investigations of financial operations in certain “tax haven” jurisdictions; and
- leading forensic accounting and/or SEC filing analyses in connection with hostile takeovers, litigation support, short selling, and internal fraud investigations.
- Chief Executive Magazine, “The Secret to a Great Board: Vetting Your Candidates,” November 2016 (Co-authored with Douglas Graham)
- National Law Journal profiles Wendel and Rao in article titled “After 34 years, Storied DC Investigations Firm Has No Lenzner at the Helm,” August 2018