AlixPartners adds fintech expert Mark Flamme as Managing Director

03 October 2018

Global management consultancy AlixPartners has welcomed payments and financial technology  industry expert Mark Flamme to the firm’s Enterprise Improvement group as a Managing Director. Flamme, who will be based out of AlixPartners’ Chicago office, will also work closely with the firm’s Financial Services practice.

Mark Flamme brings over three decades of consulting experience in strategy and operations to the new role, with particular expertise in fintech and payments. Flamme has experience integrating new digital technologies with payment strategies for fintechs, banks, and other organizations.

Before joining AlixPartners, he was a Vice President and Partner at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) for four-and-a-half years, leading the consultancy’s payment strategy services in its North America financial services practice. Some of his engagements included developing a retail banking digital strategy for a major international bank, leading a digital transformation for a major APAC bank, and creating a business case for a payments joint venture between a top US bank and a fintech firm.AlixPartners adds fintech expert Mark Flamme as Managing DirectorBefore that, Flamme was a Principal at Booz Digital and at Booz & Company’s banking practice, where he focused on supporting retail financial services firms with digital transformations. Prior to his time with Booz/Strategy&, Flamme was a Director of West Monroe Partners’ Midwest Banking practice for about two years, during which time he doubled the practice’s size, as well as its revenues.

Before West Monroe, Flamme worked at Deloitte for a decade in several management roles, supporting financial services clients with strategy and operations advisory. Before his consulting career, Flamme worked in the area of process improvement engineering.

He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida.

“We welcome Mark to our team at AlixPartners,” said Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners. “The financial services industry is going through unprecedented disruption today, much if not most of it driven by technology, and Mark’s unique skills, experience, and track record for innovation will be of great value to our clients.”

In other AlixPartners news, the firm recently added Greig Taylor as a Managing Director in the Investigations, Disputes & Risk practice at its New York headquarters. Meanwhile, Holly Etlin – a Managing Director in the Turnaround and Restructuring practice – was honored for her work with the Citizens Committee for New York City.


More news on


Leadership advisor YSC Consulting appoints Eric Pliner as CEO

18 April 2019

London-based global leadership consultancy YSC has appointed Eric Pliner as its new CEO, replacing Robert Sharrock, who held the role for five years. Pliner, previously the firm’s Americas leader, will remain based in New York City.

For 30 years, YSC Consulting has been providing leadership advisory services to clients across a wide range of industries. The firm provides services in the areas of leadership strategy, performance, research, and analytics. YSC also has offerings in organizational leadership and CEO & board advisory. The firm’s approach is grounded in the behavioral sciences, allowing clients to better align business strategy and leadership.

In 2017, Graphite Capital complete a private equity investment in the firm, which has allowed YSC to continue its rapid expansion across the globe. Today, the firm has 19 offices across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions, staffed by 225 professionals with backgrounds in clinical psychology and organizational behavior, among other areas.

YSC’s incumbent CEO, Robert Sharrock, will now move into the roles of managing director of YSC’s board and CEO of the advisory practice. Sharrock had previously indicated that he would move into a client-facing role following one year of results after the private equity infusion.Leadership advisor YSC Consulting appoints Eric Pliner as CEO


 “Having achieved the goals we established as a business during my tenure, I look forward to fully devoting my time to the client service areas of the business I find most rewarding, which is working directly with board members and CEOs,” Sharrock said. “I will also be offering my unreserved support to Eric and our global team as we continue to expand our distinctive business around the world.”

Eric Pliner, who has been with the firm since 2010, will step into the role of CEO. An expert in organizational behavior, talent management, and development, Pliner joined the firm as a senior consultant, working his way up to managing director and head of YSC Americas in 2014.

Prior to joining YSC, Pliner was director of organizational talent management & development at the NYC Department of Education, and was an adjunct instructor in the curriculum & teaching department at Hunter College in New York. He holds an MBA in management, organizational behavior, and human resources from the City University of New York – Baruch College.

“Robert has successfully led the business through five years of sustained growth and shaped the brand into a premier global leadership consultancy,” Pliner said. “I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to lead this iconic firm as we continue to serve world-class organisations in understanding and developing the critical leadership to achieve their future business strategies.

“Whether through individual executive assessment, pre-deal due diligence and post-deal integration for private equity transactions, design and execution of inclusive leadership and diversity strategy, coaching for senior executives and teams, resilient change leadership, and more, YSC’s global services are and will remain distinctive, characterful, and best-in-class,” he added.

Related: Ohio-based consultancy Change 4 Growth launches UK office