Crime fighter among four new Managing Directors appointed by Alvarez & Marsal

14 June 2018

A former Assistant US Attorney who prosecuted drug traffickers, terrorists, and corrupt public officials has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a Managing Director. The appointment comes as the global professional services firm unveiled three new MDs in its Healthcare advisory practice.

Robert J. Milan entered the private sector as an advisor with unusual professional experience. A former Assistant US Attorney for Illinois’ Northern District, he spent years combating organized and white collar crime in Chicago, overseeing hundreds of state attorneys and investigators. His prosecutions led to the conviction of dozens of murderers, corrupt officials, and money launderers.

Milan entered the private sector in a consulting capacity, advising corporate risk executives on forensic accounting, investigations, and litigation. He arrives at Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice from Kroll’s Chicago office, where he was Managing Director after a spell with Navigant Consulting. At Alvarez & Marsal he will lead global anti-corruption and corporate fraud investigations.

"Bob’s wealth of investigative knowledge and experience fits perfectly with A&M’s lines of business and enhances our offerings to global clients,” said Bryan Ruez, Managing Director and Global Leader of Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations. “Bob’s ability to uncover and solve complex and sophisticated fraud schemes will position him as a great source of knowledge, a subject matter expert, and a trusted partner for our clients.”

Robert Milan - Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal

In Washington D.C. and Boston, meanwhile, the consulting firm has appointed three new Managing Directors to its Healthcare Industry Group. Kristina Park and Doris Stein head to the capital, while Ken Barrette, a former Sapient consultant with operational leadership experience, will be based in Massachusetts.

Park is a healthcare consultant of 25 years’ standing who specializes in business transformation and analytics. She has worked with McKinsey, EY, and Accenture, and was a Director at Navigant. Doris Stein also worked at EY and Navigant, and has extensive experience advising on Medicaid and Medicare programmes which complement her strategic market planning expertise.

“These three talented professionals bring several decades of collective experience across a spectrum of healthcare clients, including international organizations, commercial and government health plans and innovative start-up companies,” said Martin McGahan, the Practice Leader of A&M’s Healthcare Industry Group. “We are excited to leverage their significant healthcare knowledge and experience to help our clients meet the industry’s evolving challenges and opportunities.”


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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