Charles River Associates hires Geoff Fisher as VP in Forensic Services

02 October 2018

Boston-headquartered economic, financial, and management consultancy Charles Rivers Associates (CRA) has hired cybersecurity and technology expert Geoff Fisher. Fisher will serve as vice president in the firm’s Forensic Services practice in Boston.

The Forensic Services practice at Charles River Associates (CRA) helps organizations respond to allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, misconduct and non-compliance, mobilizing cross-trained teams of forensic consultants. The practice is part of CRA’s wider offerings in the area of economic and financial consulting in relation to litigation and regulatory proceedings. The firm also supports clients in business strategy and performance-related challenges.

CRA has bolstered the leadership and capabilities of its Forensic practice with the appointment of Geoff Fisher as vice president. In the new role, he will focus on delivering cybersecurity and incident response services from within the practice.

Fisher has advised scores of organizations on cybersecurity, privacy, IT strategy, and architecture. He has led high-profile investigations on cyberattacks and breaches, while also developing methods and means to defend against modern attacks. Fisher has managed complex projects to achieve compliance within strict standards and time constraints.Charles River Associates hires Geoff Fisher as VP in Forensic ServicesHe has worked on international and domestic engagements, and has acted as interim CIO, CISO, and ISO in numerous organizations.

Before joining CRA, Fisher served as a Director in PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice for six years, focusing on the health and life sciences industries. He also served as co-leader of Medical Device Cybersecurity.

Prior to PwC, Fisher was a Security and Compliance Consultant at healthcare technology firm athenahealth for five years. Before that, he was a Technology and Security Consultant at accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton for two years. Fisher started his career as an IT Disaster Recovery Analyst at bank State Street.

“We are excited to welcome Geoff to CRA as he expands the depth and breadth of our cyber strategy offerings within the Forensic Services Practice,” remarked CRA President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “We look forward to utilizing his expertise to help our clients defend against powerful cyber threats and recover from damaging cyber breaches.”

Fisher has a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston University. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and also holds a Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designation.

“Geoff’s proven cyber technical skills and deep healthcare industry experience make him an invaluable addition to our team,” commented Forensic Services Practice Leader Kristofer Swanson. “He joins us during a period of exciting growth, which is a tribute to the relevance and value of our solution offerings in the marketplace.”

Big Four firm PwC lost another cybersecurity specialist earlier this month when its Global Cybersecurity Leader Dave Burg joined EY as its Americas Cybersecurity Leader in Advisory Services. The hire was part of recent EY efforts to expand their cybersecurity footprint through investments in talent and capabilities, according to Amy Brachio, EY Global and EY Americas Advisory Risk Leader.


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