Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that Michael French has joined the Company as a managing director in the Health and Education Consulting segment. French will be working primarily with the Company’s hospital, academic medical center, and health system clients in the Middle East. “With the population in the Middle East expected to double in the next 20 years, healthcare is front and center in the Gulf region. Leaders in government and business recognize the need to address this and are turning to Huron to advise on global healthcare strategies,” said James H. Roth, chief executive officer, Huron Consulting Group. “Mike brings a unique combination of experience working in executive leadership roles at hospitals and health systems in the Middle East as well as in the U.S. As the demand for healthcare in the Middle East continues to grow, Huron’s international health and education team is well positioned to meet the needs of clients in the region.” French has more than 30 years of experience working with hospital and healthcare organizations both domestically and abroad. He has extensive experience working with not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals on strategic planning, operations improvement, governance, and facility and new program development. Before joining Huron, French was chief executive officer of Michael French & Associates, LLC, a healthcare interim management and consulting firm providing both domestic and international services to hospital clients. Prior to that position, he served as the chief executive officer of American Hospital Dubai, a private acute care Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospital in the United Arab Emirates. At Huron, French will be focused on strategic insight, analysis, and recommendations surrounding the global expansion and management of health, education, and research programs for Huron’s Middle East healthcare clients.