FTI Consulting makes statement with nine new Managing Directors

20 June 2018 Consulting.us

It’s been a bumper 2018 for FTI Consulting, which has won numerous awards and added significantly to its professional headcount. Now the firm has announced that investment in its Business Transformation practice has paid off and revealed the names of the nine new Managing Directors set to take the practice to the next level.

Widely known in the industry for its legal, transactional, organizational, and regulatory advisory services, FTI Consulting has continued to expand its service offering to clients in recent years. One practice which has enjoyed substantial investment is Business Transformation – which covers a wide range of areas, from HR to Operations, Transactions, and Finance.

Nine new Managing Directors have been hired to help push the practice forward. They are spread out over functional areas and locations. Each will be expected to advise clients on their own area of expertise and deliver practical solutions right across the value chain. FTI’s Business Transformation practice focuses on both short and long-term challenges, and the consultants will work closely with boards of directors, private capital investors, and senior management.

The new MDs charged with executing these duties are J. Dale Belt, Russ Cooper, Stephen Hamilton, Ashwin Iyengar, Richard Jordan, Gary Long, Amy Palladino, Mukesh Shah, and Kimberly Stukenborg. Although FTI Consulting is headquartered in Washington D.C. none will work in the capital. Instead they will be spread across offices from London to Houston, testament to the firm’s global and national reach.

Dale Belt, Russ Cooper, Stephen Hamilton, Ashwin Iyengar en Richard Jordan

Working with clients’ Finance departments will be J. Dale Belt (Phoenix) Mukesh Shah (New York), and Kimberly Stukenborg (Houston). Belt is the most experienced of the lot, with 35+ years in the industry advising on financial transformation, including an early spell at PwC. Shah is a former technology strategist at Grant Thornton and brings 15 years’ experience advising on the digital transformation of financial systems. Stukenborg is a former Director at PwC and a well-regarded finance transformation expert.

Four MDs will focus on boosting clients’ Operations & Revenue Growth. Rus Cooper (Cleveland) is a supply chain strategy expert with three decades’ management consulting experience. Stephen Hamilton (Houston) is a change architect with practical experience leading three startup consulting firms. Richard Jordon (Miami) brings 25 years’ experience advising on global logistics and formerly held a leadership position at AlixPartners. Gary Long (New York) has worked at A.T. Kearney, KPMG, and Accenture and has expertise in procurement, sales, and operations.

Assisting clients with Operations & Transactions is Ashwin Iyengar (London) – a former Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal. He has substantial experience in cost reduction and technology diligence. Leading the Human Capital side of the Business Transformation practice will be Amy Palladino (New York) a highly experienced consultant with expertise in driving employee productivity after major changes. 

Gary Long, Amy Palladino and Mukesh Shah

“Most of today’s business leaders are dealing with massive disruption to their core businesses from new technologies, new competitors, and new business models,” said Carlyn Taylor, Leader of the firm’s Business Transformation practice.

“FTI Consulting is a trusted partner in business transformation — our strength in supporting mature and stressed companies is rooted in our restructuring heritage and hands-on, senior expert-led teams with deep expertise in industries undergoing disruption. This continued investment demonstrates our commitment to bringing expert-driven thinking punctuated with a passion for solving challenges and seizing future opportunities for our clients.”

The nine new MDs join a global network of almost 5,000 consultants operating in dozens of countries worldwide. More than $1.8 billion in revenues were generated last year and the consulting firm saw its stock rise significantly during the first quarter of 2018.

FTI Consulting was also declared the top service provider in the Crisis Management and Global Risk & Investigations Consultant fields by the National Law Journal. Paul Linton, the firm’s Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer was recently named one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.


Leadership advisor YSC Consulting appoints Eric Pliner as CEO

18 April 2019 Consulting.us

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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