Financial services and tech expert Kevin Pleiter joins Grant Thornton

29 November 2018

Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton LLP has brought in Kevin Pleiter as a principal in its Financial Services Advisory practice. Pleiter, a long-time veteran of IBM, brings over 25 years of financial services experience to the role. He will be based out of the firm’s Stamford, CT and NYC offices.

In his new role as principal at Grant Thornton, Kevin Pleiter will be responsible for formulating and driving the firm’s innovation efforts in financial services. Pleiter has spent the bulk of his career advising global financial services firms across the areas of investment banking, asset and wealth management, and custody businesses. He has worked across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Before joining Grant Thornton, Pleiter was most recently a VP and Senior Client Partner at IBM, where he held leadership positions in blockchain solutions and digital transformation. From 2011 to 2015, Pleiter was VP of Financial and Business Services at Dassault Systemes in Paris, where he led a business unit driving digital transformations at financial services, media, and business services companies.

Before that, Pleiter spent an additional 13 years at IBM, rising from the position of Partner, Global Business Services to the role of Director, Global Financial Services Industry Solutions. During that time he worked across London, Sydney, Boston, Tokyo, and New York, delivering technology-focused consulting support to financial services clients.Financial services and tech expert Kevin Pleiter joins Grant Thornton“Kevin has deep knowledge of the financial services industry and understands how technology can solve business challenges,” said Nigel Smith, national Financial Services Advisory leader for Grant Thornton. “As fintech continues to transform traditional financial services firms, Kevin’s lens will help us guide enterprises toward adopting technology at a manageable pace, taking a holistic, long-term approach that positions them to thrive.”

Prior to his time at IBM, Pleiter was a Senior Manager at fintech company Financial Models Corporation, a Fixed Income Fund Manager at Salomon Brothers, and an Equity Arbitage Trader at Deutsche Bank. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and bachelor’s degree in accounting and business law from Curtin University.

“Kevin excels at developing practical technology solutions that simplify business challenges – a posture that dovetails perfectly with how we think about innovation at Grant Thornton,” commented Kevin Baril, Grant Thornton’s national managing principal of Innovation.

A recognized thought leader in technology strategy in financial services, Pleiter is a sought after speaker at industry conferences. He is also a valued mentor and advisor to fintech startups, global financial services firms, and venture capital firms seeking insight on technology disruption in financial services.

In other Grant Thornton news, the consultancy recently acquired Philadelphia-based life sciences advisor TayganPoint Consulting Group. The transaction added about 70 consultants and five senior executives to Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services Atlantic Coast division.


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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