EY taps Herb Engert as Office Managing Partner for New York City

30 July 2018 Consulting.us

Herb Engert has been appointed as EY’s new Office Managing Partner for New York. Engert brings almost three decades of experience in the professional services industry to the role. He succeeds Mark Besca, who served as the head of the New York office for six years.

EY’s New York offices are the largest of the accounting and consulting firm’s city operations. This comes as no surprise, given the urban centre’s position as the financial and corporate heart of America, with a metropolitan area population of over 20,000,000. EY’s New York City area offices have a headcount of over 9,000 assurance, tax, transaction, and consulting professionals.

Now, EY has appointed Herb Engert as the head of EY’s most important office in the United States. The seasoned executive has almost three decades of experience in the professional services industry. In his role as Managing Partner for the New York office, Engert will be responsible for driving the firm’s regional strategy, operations, engagement, client services, and growth in the New York area. The role is especially important, as the New York area dwarfs many countries with its economic and population size – and consequent accounting and consulting revenues.EY taps Herb Engert as Office Managing Partner for New York City"I am honored to be named the Managing Partner of the firm's largest US office, and eager to drive the continued expansion of the EY footprint in New York," said Engert. "EY has supported me both personally and professionally throughout my career at the firm, and I'm looking forward to giving back by enhancing our already outstanding client service in the New York area."

Engert was previously the head of EY’s Global Private Equity practice, where he partnered with leaders across regions and sectors to build and drive quality services for private equity clients. Before that, he was the leader of EY Americas Growth Markets, where he oversaw a network of professionals advising growing firms around the world.

Engert joined EY in 2002, after working at professional services firm Arthur Andersen for over a decade – where he rose to the level of Partner. He holds a BS in Accounting from St. John Fisher College.

Engert will oversee the continued strengthening of the Big Four firm in New York as it prepares to move to a new ultra-modern office at One Manhattan West. For now, he will direct both the new location, as well as the current EY flagship office at 5 Times Square.

"Our firm will be going through some exciting, transformative changes in the next couple of years, and I'm thrilled to be a part of the change, and help bring innovative solutions to our ever-expanding client base," remarked Engert.

Passing the torch

Engert takes over from Mark Besca, who held the position of Office Managing Partner, New York, for six years. During his tenure, Besca grew the firm’s regional presence – opening the wavepace innovation center in Chelsea, inaugurating the EY Hoboken office and learning center, and planning the future move to One Manhattan West.

He will now work with EY Americas Assurance, focusing on accounts, and with the Professional Practice Quality and Regulatory Matters group. He will also continue in his capacity as US leader for the Embankment Project – which attempts to change how businesses measure and report the value created for stakeholders.

"I am very proud to be transitioning this role over to Herb," said Besca. "He is extremely dedicated to the people and culture of the firm, and will continue to make an impact here in New York City."


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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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