Elixirr's expansion into US boosted by high-level hires

22 May 2018 Consulting.us

London-based Elixirr, one of Europe’s fastest-growing consultancies, has continued its US expansion with the hiring of two new Principals. Katherine Johnson and Mary Carol Gilreath, both seasoned consultants with more than 40 years of advisory experience between them, will join the firm’s Dallas, Texas office.

Elixirr bills itself as the ‘challenger consultancy.’ A relative newcomer to the consulting game, the firm was founded in London as Elix IRR Ltd in 2009. After rebranding as Elixirr in 2015, the consulting firm became a key player in startup ecosystems in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, opening its first stateside office in 2016. The firm now has a presence in 25 countries and counts more than 100 clients on its expanding books. Elixirr was named the third fastest-growing consultancy in Europe by the Financial Times in late 2017.

In the US, the business management consultancy has attracted top talent to its Dallas office. The most recent additions are Principals Katherine Johnson and Mary Carol Gilreath. Both are highly experienced consultants who have occupied senior leadership positions at numerous top-flight firms across a range of industries.

Katherine Johnson was formerly Vice President of Research & VC Relations at Trace 3 – an Irvine, California-based IT consultancy. She has 15 years’ experience advising clients on emerging trends and initiatives in the quickly evolving deep tech space.

Mary Carol Gilreath comes from a more classical consulting background, holding senior positions at BCG, A.T. Kearney, and Infosys. She has 25 years’ industry experience and joins Elixirr from Texas-headquartered software solutions giant Solera.

Katherine Johnson and Mary Carol Gilreath - Elixirr

“Having worked in professional services for the majority of my career, I am thrilled to join a firm which challenges the norm, yet still continues to raise the bar,” said Gilreath. “Such a high quality team combined with a unique entrepreneurial culture is what inspired me to join Elixirr.”

On her own appointment, Johnson remarked: “Elixirr’s dynamic mentality towards innovation and really making things happen was clear to me as soon as I met them. In my experience, it’s rare to find a firm with such ambition that can actually ‘walk the talk.’ I’m delighted to join the team and am excited to see what we can deliver together for our clients – both in the States and across the world.”

Eric Rich, who was selected to lead Elixirr’s US expansion in 2016, said that the knowledge and experience Johnson and Gilreath bring to the team highlights the level of talent the firm is now able to attract. Rich was himself a founding partner of Infosys Consulting and has previously occupied senior positions at PwC and IBM.

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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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