David Sandberg joins CRA's Insurance Economics practice

27 November 2018 Consulting.us

Boston-headquartered economic, financial, and management consultancy Charles River Associates has expanded its Insurance Economics practice with the addition of actuarial expert David K. Sandberg as a senior consultant. Sandberg has over 35 years of experience in the life, pension, and health insurance industries.

David K. Sandberg’s deep expertise in life and annuity spans product development, financial reporting, risk management, legal and compliance, and capital and regulatory standards. He also has experience in product management and investment strategies, reinsurance, GAAP and statutory reporting, and the valuation of insurance policies and pension liabilities.

In his new role as senior consultant in the Insurance Economics practice, Sandberg will support insurers, regulators, and legislators on matters related to management, insurance products, litigation, and regulation. CRA’s insurance consultants provide advisory services ranging from facts-based analysis and recommendations to expert testimony and litigation support.David Sandberg joins CRA's Insurance Economics practiceBefore joining CRA, Sandberg was VP and Corporate Actuary at Minneapolis-based Allianz Life, where he worked for nearly two decades. Before that, he was VP and Appointed Actuary at LifeUSA for ten years, before that insurance company was acquired by Allianz in 1999. Sandberg has also held actuarial roles with Lone Star Life Insurance, Dorth Coombs Insurance Agency, and Southwestern Life Insurance.

“We are pleased to welcome David to CRA,” said Paul Maleh, CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “David’s actuarial skills and expertise complement CRA’s strong academic credentials and knowledge of the financial services industry.”

Sandberg has also played a significant role in the professional and public policy issues surrounding insurance through his work with actuarial associations. He was previously the president of the American Academy of Actuaries, and is a current board member of the Society of Actuaries. Sandberg has also written frequently for professional publications and has presented to numerous regulatory bodies.He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Brigham Young University.

In other CRA hiring news, the firm bolstered its Forensic Services practice with two additions earlier this year. Kevin Bennett, a seasoned forensic accounting and investigations consultant, joined the firm’s Chicago office as a vice president in the Forensic Services practice. Before that, cybersecurity expert Geoff Fisher joined as a vice president at CRA’s Boston headquarters.


Leadership advisor YSC Consulting appoints Eric Pliner as CEO

18 April 2019 Consulting.us

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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