Consulting Magazine Honors Protiviti’s Nick Britton and Kizzy Gift as 2020 ‘Rising Stars of the Profession’

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Consultants recognized for technology expertise and operations management 

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 16, 2020 — Two consultants from global consulting firm Protiviti have been named by Consulting magazine to its 2020 Rising Stars of the Profession list, which highlights the best emerging talent in the consulting industry. Consulting is recognizing Nick Britton in the Information Technology category and Kizzy Gift in the Operations Management category. Britton works in Protiviti’s Technology Consulting practice and is based in Dallas. Serving in Protiviti’s Business Performance Improvement practice, Gift is based in Charlotte, NC. Both are associate directors with the firm.

Britton is a leader in Protiviti’s Attack and Penetration Testing practice, which helps the firm’s global clients understand, quantify and remediate IT risks through simulated cyberattacks. He also leads Protiviti’s security lab team in Dallas, which specializes in developing and executing vulnerability management, penetration testing and red teaming projects for clients. Britton holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Baylor University and is pursuing an MBA from the Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business.

Gift advises Protiviti’s financial services clients on finance transformation, change management, project management and operational enhancement initiatives. She also works closely with colleagues from Protiviti’s parent company, specialized staffing firm Robert Half, to provide the two firms’ joint Managed Business Services offering. Gift is a Certified Chartered Accountant, Certified Scrum Master, and is Green Belt Lean Six Sigma Certified. She holds a bachelor’s business degree in accounting from the University of Miami.

“Nick brings a level of expertise and an innovative approach that has been instrumental in helping to grow our Attack and Penetration Testing practice both nationally and in international markets,” said Joseph Tarantino, Protiviti president and CEO. “Kizzy has served on our global Protiviti Solutions Advisory Council while being an inspirational leader and mentor to her colleagues and delivering exceptional service to her clients. Both Kizzy and Nick exemplify Protiviti’s core values of integrity, inclusion and innovation, and I congratulate them for this well-deserved recognition and look forward to their continued success.”

Profiles of all of the “Rising Stars” honorees are in the February/March 2020 edition of Consulting magazine. 

Britton and Gift are the latest Protiviti consultants to be named by Consulting magazine as Rising Stars. Previous Protiviti honorees were Sharon Delgado (2019), Brian Kostek (2019), Addie Nickle (2018), Jenna Fitzsimmons (2018), Kristin Forester (2017), Angelo Poulikakos (2017), Ashley Cuevas (2016), Madhu Mathew (2016) and Randy Armknecht (2015).

About Protiviti

Protiviti ( is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach, and unparalleled collaboration to help leaders confidently face the future. Protiviti and its independent and locally owned Member Firms provide clients with consulting and managed solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, digital, legal, governance, risk and internal audit through its network of more than 85 offices in over 25 countries.

Named to the 2022 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, Protiviti has served more than 80 percent of Fortune 100 and nearly 80 percent of Fortune  500 companies. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies. Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half (NYSE: RHI). Founded in 1948, Robert Half is a member of the S&P 500 index.

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