Mars & Co veteran Michael McCormick joins Emerton as a Partner

09 November 2018

Michael McCormick, a twenty-year veteran at boutique strategy consultancy Mars & Co, has joined Emerton as a Partner in its New York office.

Emerton first launched stateside in 2015, when it established an office in New York to serve its clients. Since launching, the US arm of Emerton – a strategy and management consultancy with offices in three regions – has gone from strength to strength, with a particular focus on industry, mobility and consumer goods sectors. 

Among the engagements the consulting firm has supported is helping a leading European private label frozen food manufacturer with its US market entry strategy for a newly-created in-house brand. After segmenting the US frozen food market and identifying a segment where the client could develop a differentiated proposition, Emerton designed a go-to-market strategy and a 3-year development plan. This plan was subsequently used by the food company to negotiate with US retailers and successfully place an initial range of 10 SKUs on shelves nationwide.

Mars & Co veteran Michael McCormick joins Emerton as a Partner

Meanwhile, for a successful US-based yogurt company, Emerton’s consultants worked on identifying markets for expansion. Working from an initial list of 80 countries with significant yogurt sales, Emerton collaborated with the client to identify relevant selection criteria and used a combination of market data, interviews with market experts and industry peers, store visits, quantitative surveys and focus groups to rank countries and eventually identify the geographies with the most potential. Building on the plan, the client entered three countries, where they managed to seize a significant share of sales.

To meet growing demand, a new Partner has been added to the firm’s US leadership. Michael McCormick brings 20 years of strategy consulting experience to the firm. At Mars & Co the US national latterly served as a Senior Vice President in Emerton’s Greater New York office. During his tenure, he worked for both large corporates (Fortune 500) and medium-sized companies, with a focus on the retail, consumer goods, automotive and industrial sectors. 

Earlier in his career, McCormick worked for automotive giant Ford as a Financial Analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Commenting on his arrival, Dan Dannenberg, Managing Partner of the New York office, said: “Mike is a great addition to the US team, bringing with him a tremendous depth of experience and expertise in Emerton’s core sectors, especially with US businesses of global clients which Emerton serves wherever they operate and plan to grow.”  

For Emerton, the senior appointment comes within a month after it launched Emerton Data, a new arm dedicated to helping clients embrace emerging and disruptive technologies. While the centre of excellence is based in its Paris headquarters, Emerton Data operates globally and will also serve the firm’s North American clients.


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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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