AlixPartners names Greg Donat new Global Head of Strategy and Business Development

25 June 2018

Greg Donat joins AlixPartners’ Turnaround & Restructuring practice as the Global Head of Strategy and Business Development. The former corporate attorney has deep experience in the world of private capital and will also take on the title of Managing Director at the firm’s New York office.

Donat, a graduate of Columbia Law School, started his career as a corporate attorney and established his consulting credentials when he set up his own financial advisory firm Hawkview LLC in 2011. By that point he was a veteran of the financial game, having worked as a Principal at Bank of America Securities, and as a Director at investment bank Lazard Freres & Co.

While running Hawkview as President, Donat also spent seven years as Partner at Casablanca Capital LP, a city-based hedge fund. In his 20+ years’ experience Donat has developed specialist expertise in restructuring advisory, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and the energy sector.

That particular toolkit will come in handy at AlixPartners. The consulting firm’s Turnaround & Restructuring practice is an industry leader, forming an elite group of restructuring specialists in the consulting sector that also includes Alvarez & Marsal and FTI Consulting.

AlixPartners names Greg Donat new Global Head of Strategy and Business Development

“AlixPartners’ Turnaround and Restructuring group has long been the gold standard in its industry, and we look for Greg’s progressive thinking and innovations to help our professionals in that practice take things to even greater heights for our clients,” said Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners.

“And that includes making sure that even more potential clients are aware of the broad array of services, and the deep expertise across those services, that AlixPartners has to offer them,” he added.

The appointment follows hot on the heels of the spring announcement that retail pricing expert Matthew Hamory has joined the firm’s Retail practice as a Managing Director. The former KPMG Principal takes on the role at AlixPartners’ Boston office. Hamory previously co-led the Retail practice at Oliver Wyman and has 19 years’ consulting experience under his belt. 

Meanwhile, at the Performance Improvement unit in the firm’s New York headquarters, former McKinsey partner Pat Houston joined AlixPartners as a Managing Director. Houston will work closely with clients on strategic sourcing and procurement.


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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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