Maine Pointe hooks industry titan Mary Lyons as CHRO

29 January 2019

Global supply chain and operations consultancy Maine Pointe has appointed Mary Lyons as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). Lyons brings with her a wealth of experience, leaving Accenture’s management consulting arm after serving nearly three years as a managing director, leading the firm’s global talent and organization group. 

Lyons will drive innovation within the consulting firm by identifying and developing the talent Maine Pointe needs to further its reputation and international appeal as an industry powerhouse. Maine Pointe’s “Total Value Optimization” approach has industry experts from within the firm work with clients to streamline and transform their supply chains, attempting to deliver the greatest value to customers at the lowest cost to businesses. Maine Pointe’s industry experts, then, are a huge drawing point for potential clients, which seek advice from the best of the best in any given industry. 

“Our highest priority is to support clients by identifying and developing the best talent in the industry,” Steve Bowen, Maine Pointe CEO, said in a statement. “Mary brings a long history of innovation and transformation in development on the consulting business, and we are pleased she has chosen to join us to support and develop our growing steam.”Maine Pointe hooks industry titan Mary Lyons as CHRO

Lyons also was a talent leader and partner at PwC. She spent the bulk of her career at PRTM Management Consultants, working first as a consultant, then partner and global chief CHRO. She joined PwC when it acquired PRTM in 2011.

“I am thrilled to be joining Maine Pointe and have the opportunity to work with the team on the global people and talent agenda, Lyons said. “Maine Pointe’s growth trajectory directly correlates to the sustainable growth it delivers its clients, and I am looking forward to being a part of that growth.” 

This year has been rife with change to Maine Pointe’s upper echelons. Christopher Brumitt was recently named head of the aerospace and defense practice, while industry experts Tony Planos and Barry Dull were brought in as senior advisors for the firm’s oil and gas practice. 

Maine Pointe is headquartered in Boston, and has further offices in Canada, Switzerland, and China.


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Real estate consultancy CBRE appoints Leah Stearns as chief financial officer

22 April 2019

CBRE, the world’s largest real estate services and investment firm, has appointed Leah Stearns as its new chief financial officer. Stearns was previously the CFO of the US division of American Tower, a major communications infrastructure firm. She will be based out of Dallas.

As CFO, Stearns will oversee CBRE’s global finance and accounting structure, including tax, treasury, financial planning, and investor relations. Stearns has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and investor relations.

She rapidly climbed the ranks at American Tower after joining the firm in 2001. Based in Boston, the Fortune 500 company – structured as a real estate trust – owns and operates over 170,000 wireless and broadcast communications sites in 16 countries. Real estate consultancy CBRE appoints Leah Stearns as chief financial officerOver her career at the firm, Stearns focused on investor relations, financial planning, and capital markets, rising from the position of manager, to director, to vice president, and then senior vice president. In 2017, she was appointed CEO of the EMEA region, and in November 2018 Stearns was appointed CFO of the US division. In her final role at American Tower, she oversaw the US business’ finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and supply chain, as well as other areas. American Tower had over $6 billion in revenues in 2017, with 50% of its operating profit arising from the US division.

Stearns holds an MBA from Boston College, as well as a BS In finance from Boston University. She is a board member of the non-profit Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

“Leah will bring tremendous capabilities to CBRE,” Bob Sulentic, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said. “She is an exceptional executive who has risen rapidly in her career and has had significant responsibilities in financial management, operational leadership and international activities. Her background is well suited to help us drive our strategy.”

Stearn’s appointment, effective May 15, will see current CFO Jim Groch transition to the role of global group president and chief investment officer.  As chief investment officer, Groch will lead CBRE’s M&A activities and capital allocation into real estate investments.

Based in LA, CBRE had over $14 billion in revenues in 2017, and has approximately 480 offices and 90,000 employees worldwide.

Related: CBRE recognized among World's Most Ethical Companies for sixth year running