North Highland welcomes Lauren Childers as new CFO

12 June 2018

Lauren Childers brings deep financial advisory experience to her new role as Chief Financial Officer at leading management consultancy North Highland. The Atlanta-headquartered firm has more than 60 offices worldwide and has made a series of high-profile executive promotions in 2018.

North Highland is a US firm with global reach that provides the full spectrum of consulting services to clients representing a broad range of industries. It has extensive international partnerships thanks to its membership of Cordence Worldwide and has been ranked among the best consulting firms to work for.

Now testing those credential is the latest addition to the senior leadership team at North Highland – Lauren Childers. She has been appointed CFO after two years in the same role at global logistics company BeavEX, also based in Atlanta, GA. Childers will use her substantial financial advisory and management experience to oversee strategic financial planning at the employee-owned firm. 

“Lauren has an outstanding track record of superior business leadership, as well as deep experience in strategic planning for high-growth environments. She will be an excellent addition to the firm’s executive team and a key contributor to our growth and financial performance,” said North Highland CEO Dan Reardon.

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Over the course of her 17 year career, Childers has also worked for the Carlyle Group, PwC, Crawford & Company, and AirServ Corp. She has a masters in accounting from the University of Southern California.

“North Highland is a dynamic and industry-leading consulting firm, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as CFO,” said Childers on news of her appointment. “I am excited at the prospect of facilitating the firm’s continued development and success.”

The arrival of a new CFO comes hot on the heels of a set of five executive promotions at the firm, which has 3,000 consultants at its disposal spread over 60 international locations.

Navid Ahdieh and Tina Ehrig – who bring more than 40 years of combined consulting experience to their roles – were recently named Managing Directors. Jennifer Joiner, Todd Nisbet, and Dave Trettin all earned promotions to Associate Vice President roles. Earlier in 2018, four other new executives were brought into senior roles as the firm revamped its US operations.

Though headquartered in the US, North Highland is a founding member of Cordence Worldwide. The international network comprises 2,600 consultants with various specialist skills working on complex, often environment-related, projects. In one such example North Highland partnered with Dutch consultancy Twynstra to advise a client in the energy sector on the future of sustainable transport.

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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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