Mobility consultancy Altair appoints Russ Haynie as new global director

15 June 2018

Altair global, a US-based consultancy specializing in mobility consulting services, announced the appointment of a new global director. Russ Haynie, who has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources and relocation consulting, will become Altair’s new Director of Global Consulting.

Leading mobility consultancy Altair Global helps clients navigate major moves of offices and staff, and provides strategic advisory on the choice of business location. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the nature of Altair’s services demands a global presence and the consulting firm has offices spanning the globe – from California to London, Paris, Singapore and Shanghai.

With an eye on expansion, Altair has added a new senior consultant to the leadership team. Russ Haynie is now Director of Global Consulting and will oversee international policy from the firm’s Atlanta office. With more than a quarter century of industry experience, Haynie has worked primarily in HR and relocation services. His analysis of global mobility trends has been published in the Wall Street Journal and in other prestigious publications.

Haynie will report to vice president of global consulting Mary Beth Nitz, who described him as a tremendous asset to the Altair team. “Russ has worked with hundreds of companies to design, build, and enhance best-in-class global mobility programs,” she said.

Altair appoints Russ Haynie as new global director

He will be expected to take a hands-on approach to the work. Altair’s Global Consulting Services practice works closely with more than 100 clients each year – many of whom are Fortune and Global 500 companies with serious personnel challenges that demand direct and effective solutions.

Solutions provided by Altair range from domestic relocation advice in the US, to managing long term or rotational international expatriate assignments, and even business travel solutions.

In today’s hyper-globalized environment, mobility consulting is big business. ALM Intelligence recently named Deloitte a global leader in advising on employee mobility and its integration with strategy and talent management. Other consulting firms getting in on the mobility consulting scene include GMS Mobility and KPMG – which has an entire practice dedicated to streamlining international assignments.


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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