Willis Towers Watson appoints veteran Fred Abbott as Northern California Market Lead

11 June 2018 Consulting.us

Willis Towers Watson has promoted 34-year veteran Fred Abbott, as its market leader for Northern California. The role will have him oversee the consulting firm’s business operations, client relationships, and growth opportunities in the region.

Fred Abbott has worked with legal predecessors of the now merged Willis Towers Watson since 1984. He started out at Towers Perrin as a consultant in Vancouver north of the border, before rising to the rank of Principal over a successful 12-year spell. In 2000 he moved to the US, taking on the role of Market Leader at the Charlotte, NC area. Six years later he took on the same role at the larger San Francisco office.

Following the 2010 merger of Towers Perrin with Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Abbott took on the role of Account Director – for a period of almost three years in the Bay Area. He was promoted to Health & Group Benefits Practice Leader, Northern California, in 2012.

In 2016 he became a Client Relationship Director in the newly formed Willis Towers Watson, a year later, becoming the firm’s Director of Client Management, Northern California. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Science from the University of Manitoba.

Willis Towers Watson appoints veteran Fred Abbott as Northern California Market Lead

Abbott now takes on the role of Market Leader for Northern California, a substantial expansion of his previous remit as San Francisco lead. He will take on responsibility for delivering the firm’s business operations, client relationships, and growth opportunities in the region, leveraging his more than 30 years of in-house experience. 

Maureen Tarantello, region leader, U.S. West, Willis Towers Watson, said, “We’re delighted that Fred has been named Willis Towers Watson’s market leader for Northern California. Fred is a great choice for this role given his market knowledge, client relationships, leadership skills, and collection of experience across a variety of industries.”

Commenting on his appointment Abbott said: “I‘m delighted to collaborate with my talented Northern California colleagues to support our clients, many of whom are global innovators and leaders.”


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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