Kristi Drew joins Life Sciences and Financial Services arm of Korn Ferry

05 June 2018

Korn Ferry has appointed Kristi Drew as the Global Account Leader of the firm’s Life Sciences and Financial Services practices and as a Senior Client Partner. She brings more than two decades of experience to the position, which is based out of the firm’s Princeton office.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry Kristi Drew was Senior Vice President at Aon Risk Solutions in Morristown. NJ. She was previously a Senior National Account Manager at Prudential Financial, where she worked for just over three years. Earlier roles include Consultant at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson) and Marketing Manager at Lord, Abbett & Co. She began her consulting career at Prudential Financial in 1994, rising to the role of Manager during her first spell with the firm.

Throughout her career, Drew has volunteered at a number of nonprofits and charities, including Aon Women's International Network, Roots & Wings, and the American Red Cross. She has also held various board-level positions, including at the North Jersey Association for Female Executives. Such experience will be increasingly important in an era of diversity and women-led consultancies entering the US market.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and International Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she also completed her Master of Business Administration in Business Management. She is a Chartered Financial Consultant with The American College.

Kristi Drew, Consultant - Korn Ferry

Drew joins Korn Ferry as a Senior Client Partner and the Global Account Leader of the firm’s Life Sciences and Financial practices. The role will see her leverage her more than 20 years of experience in, among others, talent management & development, engagement, M&A activities, and the mitigation of various people-related risks. She also brings strong advocacy for inclusion in the workplace, reflected in her past charity and board level roles.

Doug Charles, President of the Americas, Korn Ferry, commenting on her promotion, said, “Kristi is an industry leader with a breadth of global experience working across various industry sectors. Her leadership experience and strong record of client service will be a great benefit to our Life Sciences and Financial clients. We are excited to have her join the firm.”


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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