Management consultancy LeapPoint acquires training platform JumpSeat

19 July 2018

Edmonton-based software startup JumpSeat has been acquired by US management and technology consultancy LeapPoint. JumpSeat’s innovative training platform will be bolster the consulting firm’s customized learning program offering, while expanding its suite of turnkey software solutions.

With so many new applications and programs coming out of the digital ether to improve business processes and dynamize workplaces, firms need effective ways of training and onboarding their employees. One solution is provided by JumpSeat, a browser-based training platform that allows management to build tutorials and modules directly within the application, instead of on separate programs. With tutorials overlaid on the actual software, employees are able to learn faster and more effectively. Furthermore, management can track user progress and time spent on features, as well as other user analytics.

The innovative training platform has now been acquired by management and technology consulting firm LeapPoint. Founded in 2006 by a team of Big Four alumni, LeapPoint provides consulting services in the areas of people & change, marketing, information technology, and analytics, among others. The acquisition will bolster its customized learning programs offering, while adding to its list of turnkey software solutions – which includes DataConnect, LeapPoint One, and cloud add-ons like Sharepoint and Salesforce integration.Management consultancy LeapPoint acquires training platform JumpSeatJumpseat has already been adopted by a number of leading enterprises, including Lincoln Financial Group and Estée Lauder. According to the firm, Jumpseat helped a national financial services company lower the number of training hours needed, as well as training costs. LeapPoint will leverage the effective technology to help its clients succeed in their enterprise change – cutting training ramp-up time and increasing training value.

“We're very excited about the acquisition, what it means for LeapPoint and, most importantly, the impact and value it will allow us to provide our clients,” said LeapPoint CEO Nicholas DeBenedetto. “JumpSeat is an amazing application and we're able to do some great things with it.”

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, LeapPoint employs staff from coast to coast and services clients across the globe. The firm was named one of Forbe’s Best Management Consulting Firms for 2018, and was ranked by Vault as the 12th best consulting firm for diversity, and the 15th best for firm culture.

Other recent consultancy acquisitions of digital enterprises include Capgemini’s acquisition of the cybersecurity division of Virginia-headquartered Leidos, as well as Cumberland Consulting Group’s purchase of LinkEHR - an electronic health records managed services firm.


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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