Matt Singleton joins Capco's US Digital practice as a Partner

12 October 2018

Technology and business consultancy Capco has brought in Matt Singleton as a Partner at the firm’s Digital practice. Singleton boasts over 14 years’ experience advising financial services clients across the globe. He will be based out of the firm’s NYC office.

Founded in 1998 as The Capital Markets Company by Belgian entrepreneur Rob Heyvaert, London-based Capco has since expanded from Europe into the Americas and Asia, with a total of 28 offices worldwide. The firm’s over 4000 professionals specialize in providing management and technology consulting to financial services clients. The consulting firm's service areas include capital markets, banking and payments, wealth management, and energy solutions.

As the market increasingly demands, Capco places a strong emphasis on digital transformation capabilities, which are situated in its Digital practice, among others. Rocked by disruption in the form of fintech competitors, open banking, and increasing regulations, financial services firms need to leverage new technological possibilities to maintain their competitiveness in an accelerating environment. Capco, amid a series of broader-based competitors serving a wider range of industries, aims to provide the digital strategy and solutions for financial firms to succeed today and in the future.

Capco further provides advisory support in the areas of data and analytics, back office automation, systems integration, and risk and compliance.Matt Singleton Joins Capco's US Digital Practice as a PartnerThe firm has now appointed Matt Singleton as a Partner in its US Digital practice. Singleton has over 14 years of experience providing business strategy, transformation advisory, and customer-centric marketing support to clients in the US, Europe, and Asia. He brings in-depth expertise in the financial services industry, as well as wealth management and digital transformation know-how.

Before joining Capco, Singleton was a Partner at New York-based strategy consulting firm Kepler Cannon, where he helped build the firm’s capabilities in the areas of strategy, digital, and wealth. Prior to that, he served as a VP in the Initiatives and Solutions team at J.P. Morgan Securities.

Before working at JPM, Singleton was an Engagement Manager at a startup consulting firm serving financial services clients. He started his consulting career at Deloitte.

“Having advised many of the largest financial services organizations in the US, Matt’s outstanding reputation and depth of experience will be a huge asset to our Digital team. Capco Digital is focused on driving technological innovation within financial services, and Matt’s appointment underlines this,” said Mike Pugliese, Managing Director and Head of Capco US.

Singleton holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics and History from Dartmouth College.


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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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