Top consultants named among Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

21 May 2018

Paul Linton, the Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at FTI Consulting, has been named among the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. The 2018 list includes multiple black leaders from the consulting world.

Savoy – a leading African-American lifestyle magazine – has published a list of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. Drawn from a review of more than 500 candidates from across a wide range of business sectors, the list includes several well-known figures from the consulting industry.

Among them is Paul Linton – Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at FTI Consulting – who is responsible for his firm’s overall strategy and transformation agenda. Linton joined FTI Consulting in 2014 after a successful spell at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) which saw him named Partner and Managing Director.

The electrical engineering graduate became the first African-American to be promoted to Partner at BCG’s Washington DC office, where he drove diversity efforts in recruiting, alongside his work with clients. At FTI Linton is a member of the Executive Committee and also manages the firm’s global Real Estate function.

FTI Consulting’s Paul Linton named among Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Paul for many years, and I have always admired his commitment to inspiring and delivering high-impact change,” said Steven H. Gunby, President and Chief Executive Officer of FTI Consulting. “As a member of our leadership team, he has done a terrific job collaborating across the organization to help build an extraordinarily bright future for the firm. I join colleagues at FTI Consulting in congratulating Paul on this honor.”

Commenting on his award, Linton said, “I am honored to be named one of Savoy magazine’s Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. To me, this is not just a reflection of my contributions, but of the dedication of our professionals at FTI Consulting to leverage our broad capabilities and diversity of thought globally to advise clients on their most complex, high-stakes matters.”

Linton’s recognition by Savoy comes shortly after he was named one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise – a multimedia company that covers the African-American business community.

Also named on the Savoy list was Tonie Leatherberry, a Principal at Deloitte and president of the Deloitte Foundation. She has been named among the world’s top 25 consultants for her work and was formerly Deloitte Consulting’s Chief Inclusion Officer. Having also made Savoy’s 2017 rankings, she has devoted her career to promoting equal opportunities for minority candidates.

Linton and Leatherberry were joined by Head of HR at KPMG – Darren Burton – and Ed Dandridge, who recently left his role as Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Marsh & McLellan to become Global Head of Marketing and Communications at AIG.


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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