AlixPartners exclusive advisor as Chief Executive of the Year named

29 May 2018

Global consulting firm AlixPartners served as exclusive advisor to Chief Executive Magazine, as the prestigious publication deliberated on who to name Chief Executive of the Year for 2018. In the end, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson scooped the award.

Marillyn Hewson, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin, was named the 2018 Chief Executive of the Year and congratulated by AlixPartners on her success. The consulting firm served as exclusive advisor to the selection committee of Chief Executive Magazine, which has been issuing the prestigious award since 1986.

It is the second year running that AlixPartners has been chosen to advise the committee. In 2017 Randall Stephenson of AT&T won the award. Past luminaries include Bill Gates (1994), Bob Ulrich (2007), and Bob Iger (2014) – fitting company for Hewson, aged 64, who has been Lockheed CEO since 2013 and was named among the world’s top 20 most powerful women by Forbes in 2015.

"It gives AlixPartners great pleasure to congratulate Marillyn Hewson on winning this prestigious award, and to help showcase the values, beliefs, and behaviors of a genuine leader," said Ted Bililies, Global Head of the Organization & Transformative Leadership practice at AlixPartners and the expert who served as the exclusive advisor to the selection committee.

"In our day-to-day work at AlixPartners, we encounter some of the best leaders that business has to offer, but I know I speak for our entire selection committee in saying that Marillyn has a combination of leadership qualities that are rare indeed. 

AlixPartners exclusive advisor as Chief Executive of the Year named

Other members of the selection committee included Mark Weinberger, CEO of EY Ltd, Dan Glaser, President and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc, and Jeffery Sonnenfeld, President and CEO of the Yale School of Management's Chief Executive Leadership Institute. The elite group of judges selected Hewson from a shortlist of 10 candidates who were among the most frequently nominated by their peers through a Chief Executive Magazine survey.

"Great CEOs position their companies to be at the forefront of their industries, focus on being nimble enough to adapt to ever-changing trends, and are courageous enough to continue scaling towards triumph in spite of any roadblocks," said Fred Crawford, Senior Vice Chair of AlixPartners. "In a company with the size and scope of Lockheed Martin, that's no easy feat—but Marillyn has certainly earned the respect of her peers on many levels."

Hewson will be on the cover page of the magazine’s summer issue. She is the second woman to grace the cover, ten years after Anne Mulcahy of Xerox. The Lockheed chief – who has been at the firm since 1983 – will officially receive her award at a dinner at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in July. Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners, will be a guest speaker.


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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