Jeff Powers and Joe Anastasio join TORI's NYC office

19 November 2018

Two former Capco partners – Jeff Powers and Joe Anastasio – have joined financial services consulting firm TORI.

Operating in a similar space to rival Capco, London-based TORI Global provides management consulting to mostly financial services clients. Founded in 2002, the company delivers services ranging from strategy & operations to digital transformation, risk & compliance, organizational design, and leadership development. In addition to its London headquarters, the consultancy has offices in New York (launched in 2015), Singapore, and Bangalore.

Now, the company has added two consulting and financial services experts in the form of Jeff Powers and Joe Anastasio. Both are former partners at Capco, and both join TORI as managing partners in the NYC office. Anastasio will head up client relationship development in the Capital Markets, Banking, and Wealth Managment segments in North America, while Powers will lead business development and management of TORI’s global financial institutions clients – with a focus on strategic transformations.

Anastasio boasts over 40 years’ experience in financial services. Before joining TORI, he spent 19 years as Executive Partner at Capco, where he was responsible for launching and building the North America business. Anastasio oversaw the region’s growth from a handful of experts to over a thousand consultants and hundreds of millions in revenue.Jeff Powers and Joe Anastasio join TORI's NYC officeBefore Capco, he was a Managing Director of Operations at JP Morgan for 7 years, managing the firm’s global operations and compliance/control functions. Before that, Anastasio was at investment bank Salomon Brothers for 22 years, serving as a Senior Managing Partner and leading over 1,300 professionals in the firm’s global ops and support technology groups. He also spent 20 years as a member and chairman of SIA (SIFMA), leading industry efforts to reduce operations risks and facilitate post-trade process improvements.

Drawing on his vast experience, Anastasio will help clients utilize cutting-edge solutions that leverage risk management and cost reductions, among other factors, to weather the sea changes coming to the financial services market.

Jeff Powers, meanwhile, has over 25 years of experience in enterprise sales, sales management, and global account management in support of transformations at financial institutions. Before joining TORI, Powers was SVP at FITS Consulting, where he was responsible for sales & marketing for middle and back-office platform conversion and integration solutions. Prior to that, Powers was a Partner at Capco for eight years, leading Northeast sales.

Before Capco, he spent over 11 years as a Global Client Solutions Director at EMC Consulting, focusing on transformation solutions. While there, he led a global team responsible for client solutions in application development, customer experience, disaster recovery, and managed services, among other areas.

Powers also held key management positions related to the first dark pool of liquidity for listed, OTC, and Osaka stock exchanges, as well as the leading market data distribution platform for the major trading floors on Wall Street – working at Optimark, Bridge Information Systems, and ILX over that time. He started his career as a Support Engineer at IBM Global Services, spending 9 years transforming market data platforms.

"We are delighted to announce that Jeff Powers and Joe Anastasio have joined the TORI New York team," said a release on TORI's website. "Both bring a wealth of financial services and consulting experience – especially their extensive operational industry insight."

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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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