New CFO Lisa Carnoy and CPO Don Schneider appointed at AlixPartners

05 July 2018

Veteran private equity and banking executive Lisa Carnoy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at AlixPartners. She is joined in the turnaround specialist’s senior leadership team by Don Schneider, who is now Chief People Officer – a newly created position.

AlixPartners, a global consultancy renowned for its Turnaround & Restructuring practice, counts law firms and investment banks among its portfolio of prestigious clients. To service them, the consulting firm has made headlines with a spate of appointments to senior roles, including that of Greg Donat, the new Global Head of Strategy & Business Development.

At the very core of the firm’s senior leadership will be new hire Lisa Carnoy, who takes on the role of Chief Financial Officer, reporting directly to CEO Simon Freakley. Carnoy spent 23 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she served as head of Global Capital Markets and head of Global Equity and Equity-Linked Capital Markets.

The Harvard Business School graduate replaces Ken Hiltz, who returns to his prior role as Managing Director of the Turnaround & Restructuring practice after a brief stint as interim CFO. Carnoy will be based in the firm’s New York office.

“In Lisa, we are tremendously fortunate to have found such an experienced and operationally strong financial executive,” said Freakley. “She has a proven track record of delivering results in the various businesses she has run, by serving clients, growing revenues, and building cross-team relationships.”Lisa Carnoy and Don Schneider - AlixPartnersCarnoy, commenting on her appointment, said, “I am excited to join AlixPartners during a period of transformative change and am committed to helping the company build on its current momentum, allocate resources against its strategic priorities, and continue to deliver the best-possible results for its clients.”

While the CFO position is well established at the apex of the business food chain, the role of CPO is relatively new but quickly gaining prominence as questions of culture and working environment permeate the corporate lexicon. Don Schneider is the first Chief People Officer at AlixPartners and will oversee recruitment, compensation, and talent management & development in his role.

Also working from the New York office, Schneider spent eight years in London as the Group Human Resources Director at Old Mutual plc and has previously held senior positions at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

“To meet our ambitious growth objectives, while staying true to our brand and our culture, AlixPartners must attract and foster a diverse and multi-generational workforce,” said Freakley.

“With a three-decade record of strategic leadership in talent management and culture development, Don will help us achieve this objective by sharpening our ability to recruit, retain and develop the very best people.”


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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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