Digital trailblazer Scott Snyder among three consultants hired by Heidrick & Struggles

19 June 2018

Two Partners and one Principal have been appointed by Heidrick Consulting as the firm expands its leadership development and talent management services. Among them is Scott Snyder, a digital thought leader who founded the Game-Changer Collaborative – a corporate innovation network that he will oversee from his new position.

Chiefly known for its global executive search practice, Heidrick & Struggles also manages a vibrant consulting business which develops leaders and organizational cultures to give clients a competitive edge. Heidrick Consulting zeroes in on employee engagement, accelerated team performance, and leadership to complement the firm’s executive search services.

Keen to meet client demand for workplace transformation and talent management, Heidrick Consulting has appointed three new consultants to senior positions in US offices. The payoff has been immediate, with one of the new appointees – Scott Snyder – driving the establishment of a new cross-industry innovation network.

Snyder joins as a Partner in the Philadelphia office. He was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at Safeguard Scientifics and will advise Heidrick clients on digital transformation and innovation. An author and thought leader in the mobile and digital space, Snyder is the founder of the Game-Changer Collaborative (GCC) – a corporate innovation network.

Also joining as a Partner is Anna Minto, who brings 25 years’ experience to the Dallas office. Prior to joining Heidrick, she was a Partner at the Boston Consulting Group where she specialized in organizational transformation. The last of the trio, Sherry Duda, comes aboard as a Principal in the Chicago office. She has previously worked in culture transformation and talent management with the likes of Hershey, BP, and United Airlines.

Digital trailblazer Scott Snyder among three consultants hired by Heidrick & Struggles

"The addition of these consultants in Europe and the United States further enhances our ability to help our clients drive transformation and to identify and develop leaders," said Andrew LeSueur, Global Managing Partner, Heidrick Consulting. "Each brings extensive experience in change management and transformation and will leverage our distinctive intellectual property to help our clients accelerate their performance."

Now overseen by Snyder in his capacity as a Heidrick Partner, the GCC provides members with the opportunity to engage with one another and collaborate on new projects, typically involving emerging technologies. It incorporates both live and virtual interactive working sessions and research platforms.

"The GCC provides a much needed forum for enterprise leaders to look outside of their traditional industries to identify new innovation opportunities and accelerate their learning through networking around emerging technologies, use cases and innovation models," said Andrew LeSueur, Managing Partner at Heidrick Consulting.

"Digital disruption and emerging technologies like IoT, AI, mixed reality, and blockchain are becoming more horizontal in nature as they disrupt at the boundaries of traditional industries, presenting a unique opportunity for cross-collaboration."

Consulting firms are increasingly involving themselves in ecosystems dedicated to developing emerging technologies. Towers Watson and EY recently helped launch the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform. Meanwhile, new research from BCG indicates that Southern California, rather than Silicon Valley, might be the future home of the next great tech ecosystem.


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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