AlixPartners hires Pat Houston as Managing Director

07 June 2018

Management consultancy AlixPartners has hired former McKinsey and Co. Partner Pat Houston. The veteran consultant has more than two decades of experience in procurement and operations. He joins the firm’s New York office as a Managing Director.

Global management consulting firm AlixPartners announced that seasoned procurement and operations consultant Pat Houston has joined the firm as a Managing Director at its Performance Improvement unit. Houston will be based out of the firm’s New York headquarters. The consultancy, which is best known for its expertise in turnaround management, has more than 1,600 employees in offices spanning from San Francisco to Shanghai.

In his new role, Houston will help AlixPartners develop operations and procurement solutions for consumer products, business services, financial services, industrial, media, and healthcare firms.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, was a Partner at rival management consultancy McKinsey & Co.’s operations practice for four-and-a-half years. At McKinsey, Houston’s work focused on strategic sourcing and procurement.

Currently, AlixPartners founder Jay Alix is suing McKinsey for alleged fraud and racketeering, a claim the prestigious consultancy vehemently denies.AlixPartners hires Pat Houston as Managing DirectorBefore joining McKinsey, Houston was at management consultancy Booz & Company (now Strategy&, a division of PwC) for 18 years, starting as an Associate and working his way up to Principal and then Vice President. While there, Houston worked in the firm’s consumer products and operations practices. He played a key role in building up the firm’s strategic sourcing practice, eventually leading Booz & Company’s strategic sourcing function.

“Pat’s deep experience in operations and procurement will help AlixPartners’ clients achieve breakthrough results in these all-important areas,” commented Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners. “At the same time, his experience in consumer products and business services will broaden and deepen our expertise in those two very important industries.”

Houston has a Master of Business Administration and Engineering Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

In other AlixPartners news, the firm recently helped advise Chief Executive Magazine in the selection of its Chief Executive of the Year. Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson was chosen as 2018’s CEO of the year, joining past recipients like Bill Gates (1994) and Bob Ulrich (2007).


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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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