Mercer promotes two leaders in Dallas office

08 October 2018

Human resources consulting firm Mercer has appointed partners Mark Chronister and Larry Chim to key leadership roles in the firm’s Dallas office. Chronister has been named Central Market Large and Jumbo Employer (LJET) Leader, while Chim has been promoted to the role of Dallas Health Office Business Leader – the position previously occupied by Chronister.

In his new role as LJET Leader, Chronister will be responsible for directing and expanding the health, wealth, and career offerings of Mercer to large and ‘jumbo’ clients in the US Central market (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania). He will report to Ryan Ramsey, Mercer’s Central Market Business Leader.

Previously, Chronister served as the Dallas Health Office Business Leader for 11 years, growing Mercer’s Health business presence and awareness within the Dallas and Austin Markets. A long-serving veteran of the firm, Chronister has been with Mercer for over two decades. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.Mercer promotes two leaders in Dallas officeMeanwhile, Larry Chim will succeed Chronister as Dallas Health Office Business Leader. Chim brings over 15 years of employee healthcare and benefits consulting experience to the role. He has been with Mercer since 2004, save for a short stint in 2011 as a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Total Rewards practice. Starting out as a Senior Client Services Team Leader, Chim worked his way up to a Principal and then a Partner and Health Lead Strategist in Mercer’s Health and Benefits business in Dallas.

Chim holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas.

“We’re thrilled to name Mark and Larry to their new roles,” said Mr. Ramsey, “Their diverse experience and proven track records of success will aid us in providing exceptional service and solutions to our clients and enable the office to build upon past success, ensuring continued growth for both the local and Central markets.”

In other Mercer people news, the firm’s New York headquarters welcomed back three leaders. Taryn Branca was named Market Sales Leader for the Tri-State area, Paulette Welsing was named M&A East Market Business Leader, and Robyn Cameron was appointed Partner, Client Management.


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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.

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