Former BCG consultant appointed Atlanta's first chief education officer

18 July 2018

Boston Consulting Group alumnus Aliya Bhatia has been appointed the first chief education officer for Atlanta, Georgia. In her new municipal cabinet-level role, Bhatia will be tasked with improving student access to quality education and vocational training, among a host of other responsibilities.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms promised to create the position of chief education officer earlier this year in order to work with Atlanta Public Schools and community leaders to improve access to quality education and vocational training for students in the city. Now, the mayor has announced the appointment of Aliya Bhatia to the newly created position.

Bhatia, a native of Atlanta, brings a background in policy, education, and consulting to the role. She recently completed a Master in Public Policy from the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to that, Bhatia was an associate at leading management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group for over three years, supporting clients with strategy, incentives, and organizational design, among other areas. While there, she was also the lead author of the BCG report ‘The Diversity Paradox,’ which was premiered at the World Economic Forum.Aliya Bhatia - Chief Education Officer at the City of AtlantaPrior to joining BCG, Bhatia was a teacher with Teach For America, self-described by the organization as ‘a national corps of leaders who commit to teaching in low-income schools and work to increase their students' opportunities in life.’ In addition to her MPP from Harvard, Bhatia also holds a degree in international politics from Georgetown University.

“Quality education can transform lives. Aliya Bhatia’s experience, passion and commitment to creating high-quality, accessible educational opportunities will allow her to effectively partner with APS and other education and industry leaders from throughout the community as we work to improve access to education and training for all of our children and residents,” said Mayor Bottoms.

In her new role, Bhatia will work with community leaders and advocate for policies that improve access to quality education in Atlanta. Her responsibilities will include working with industry and education stakeholders to develop training programs for the city’s rapid growing film & entertainment, technology, and construction industries.

Bhatia will also be responsible for launching a citywide Children’s Savings Account Program for children entering kindergarten. Finally, she will be tasked with working across city government to advocate for public schools as a top priority for infrastructure investment and public safety.

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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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