Crystal Leben-Reyes rejoins Mercer’s New York office as Principal

19 October 2018

Mercer has welcomed back Crystal Leben-Reyes as a Principal in the Wealth Business at the HR consultancy’s New York office. Leben-Reyes returns to the Mercer family after three years at rival consultancy Buck.

In her new role as Principal, Crystal Leben-Reyes will lead client relationships and develop innovative solutions to fit their needs. She brings over a decade of actuarial and consulting experience to the position, where she will report to Mercer National Consulting Team Leader Mary Gobes. During her career, Leben-Reyes has advised a wide cross-section of clients and industries in the areas of retirement plan design, forecasting, risk transfer, and other financial strategies.

Under its Wealth business, Mercer supports clients in the areas of retirement plan administration, defined benefit and defined contribution pensions, employee financial wellness, alternative investments, and endowments, among others. As of December 2017, Mercer had $213 billion in global assets under delegated management.Crystal Leben-Reyes rejoins Mercer's New York office as Principal“We are thrilled to welcome Crystal back to Mercer,” commented Christopher Keach, Mercer’s New York Wealth Business Leader. “Her experience, knowledge and proven track record of success will help us further provide exceptional service and solutions to our clients while strategically growing our Wealth business.”

Prior to rejoining Mercer, Leben-Reyes was a Senior Actuarial Consultant at Buck for three years. When she joined the firm in 2015, it was known as Buck Consultants at Xerox, then spun off as Conduent HR Services in 2017, and finally rebranded as Buck after the firm’s May 2018 sale to private equity firm H.I.G. Capital.

Before that, Leben-Reyes spent nine years at Mercer as an actuary, rising to the position of Senior Associate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Baruch College in NYC, and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and an Enrolled Actuary.

Mercer’s New York office recently welcomed back three other leaders: Taryn Branca, Paulette Welsing, and Robyn Cameron.


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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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