Heidrick & Struggles announces three new leadership appointments

11 February 2019 Consulting.us

Chicago-headquartered Heidrick & Struggles (H&S) has appointed three new leaders: Jenni Hibbert is now global practice managing partner, of financial services; Dan Ryan takes the role role of regional leader of the Americas; and Stephen Schwanhausser takes over as global practice managing partner of consumer markets.

The global consulting firm, which provides executive search, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and culture-shaping services, made the three upper-level appointments as part of its long-term growth strategy.

H&S delivers effective succession planning to the top global companies, so it makes sense that the firm would also be keen on developing and promoting the best talent within its own organization. "Succession planning is a core service we provide our clients to help them effectively manage change and the future growth of their companies, Krishnan Rajagopalan, H&S president and CEO, said. "We also have a strong focus on succession planning within our firm, and we work closely with our leaders to help them grow and take on new challenges."

“The leaders that have been appointed into their new positions have proven track records of managing with agility and delivering results, and they will play key leadership roles as we continue to expand our search and consulting offerings," she added.

Executive search consultancy Heidrick & Struggles appoints new leaders

London-based Jenni Hibbert takes over as global managing partner of the financial services practice. She was previously H&S’ regional managing partner for financial services in Europe and Africa. She is also the former leader of the the UK financial services practice. A former journalist - before joining H&S, she was a broadcaster at the BBC, focusing on finance and business - Hibbert retains a focus on filling communications, marketing, and investor relations positions.

Hibbert was a central figure in the establishment of the firm’s Board Network and Leadership Network, which enable H&S to connect with women in leadership and board roles. She also previously served on the global Consultant Promotion Committee.

She replaces David Boehmer, who stays on as a partner in the financial services and financial technology practices.

New York-based Dan Ryan becomes regional leader for the Americas, wherein he will collaborate with senior management and office leaders to drive growth across the region. He will also continue to serve as global head of strategic accounts, driving collaboration between the firm’s search and consulting businesses.

A specialist in senior-level financial services placements, Ryan has completed more than 500 search and leadership engagements since joining H&S in 2003. Ryan was previously a consultant in the private client division of Citigroup. 

Ryan succeeds Michael Cullen, who will continue in his role as chief operating officer.

New York-based Stephen Schwanhausser takes over as global managing partner of the consumer markets practice. He was previously co-managing partner of the global consumer products sector, a position he took on after leading the sector in the Americas.

Schwanhausser has been with firm for nearly 15 years, specializing in CEO and board director recruitment for Fortune 500s, private companies, and equity-backed growth companies. His recent clients include BlackRock, Mastercard, Mondelez, Danone, Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group, and Goldman Sachs. 

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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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