Oliver Wyman appoints nine new partners in the United States

06 December 2018 Consulting.us

Management consultancy Oliver Wyman announced the appointment of nine partners in the US, effective January 1, 2019. The appointments are part of global set of 28 year-end partner promotions.

Oliver Wyman, a Marsh & McLennan company, provides management consulting services to clients across the globe. The NYC-headquartered firm offers support in the areas of strategy, operations, sale & marketing, risk management, restructuring, and digital transformation, among others. The global consulting firm has over 5,000 professionals working in 50+ cities across almost 30 countries.

Of the nine US partner appointments announced by the firm, seven are for the New York office, while one is in San Francisco and one is in Houston-Dallas.

Elena Belov, a new partner the New York office, boasts over a decade of experience working with large banks, asset management institutions, governments, and regulators. Belov specializes in organizational effectiveness and the efficiency of risk & compliance management functions.

Rico Brandenburg is now a partner in the Risk & Public Policy and Digital practices in New York. He has consulted for numerous financial institutions across the globe, in areas including anti-financial crime and IT and cyber risk management.Oliver Wyman appoints nine new partners in the United StatesRobin Deutsch becomes a partner in New York, with over 10 years of strategy and risk consulting experience in financial services. Deutsch has particular expertise in financial regulation and financial risk technology.

Sam Rosenberg, who boasts over 14 years of management consulting experience, is now a partner at the New York office. His specialization is commercial effectiveness, including pricing, margin management, sales effectiveness, proposition development, and business model innovation.

Michael Sassine is another newly promoted New York partner. Sassine has over a decade of management consulting experience with Oliver Wyman, specializing in the aviation sector – with a focus on profit & loss improvement for airlines.

Hari Naidu is another New York partner promotion. Naidu’s areas of expertise include digital and tech strategy, operating model design, and post-merger integrations, among others.

James Warrick Alexander is the final partner promotion at the New York office. The Chartered Financial Analyst was previously a Principal in the firm’s Americas Finance & Risk and Public Policy practices, and has been with Oliver Wyman for nearly a decade.

Ashley Smith has been promoted to partner at the San Francisco office. Smith has over a decade of management consulting experience, with a focus on the health and life sciences sector.

Finally, Karina Swette has been promoted to partner at the Houston and Dallas offices. Her areas of expertise include market entry, supply chain, due diligence, operational improvement, and customer experience, focused on the energy and transportation industries. She has over a decade of consulting experience.

“We are delighted to welcome these individuals to our Partnership, and extend our congratulations to them,” commented Scott McDonald, President and CEO of Oliver Wyman. “They are an exceptionally talented group and will create impact for our clients and success for our firm.”

Around the world, around the world

The US appointments arrive as part of a wider raft of global partner promotions – reaching the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Singapore, and the UAE. In the UK, those promoted to partner at Oliver Wyman were: Alister French; Ben Holroyd; Patrick Hunt; Pankaj Khanna; Nick Rawlinson; Martin Robinson; Nicholas Tonkes; and Jenny Tsim.

In France, Kevin Smeets was appointed Partner, while new partner Frederico Ucci will be based out of France and Italy. The other partner promotions in Italy were Marco Buonomo and Massimo Castaldo. In Germany, Sebastian Janssen made partner.

In Turkey, Sadik Gencoglan was promoted to partner; in Singapore, Jayant Raman; and in Dubai, Bruno Sousa and Stephen Clements.


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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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