Laura Terrell joins FTI Consulting as Deputy General Counsel

13 August 2018

Business advisory firm FTI Consulting has appointed senior attorney Laura Terrell as Deputy General Counsel. Terrell has a more than two decades-long legal career spanning high-profile positions in both public service and private practice.

One of the world’s leading legal, regulatory, and turnaround advisory firms, FTI Consulting has been growing rapidly in recent years. The firm generated over $1.8 billion in revenue last year, and boasts almost 5,000 consultants across dozens of countries worldwide. To keep up with its growth, FTI recently appointed nine new managing directors – mostly in the US – across its various practices.

The firm has a diverse and highly-regarded pool of talent: Senior Managing Director Lindi Jarvis was recently named one of the top 100 Women in Investigations, while Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Paul Linton was named one of Savoy’s Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. FTI also recently won its own accolades, being named a top provider in 14 legal industry categories in the 2018 Best of Corporate Counsel survey.

FTI has added to its high-level legal consulting talent pool with the appointment of Laura Terrell as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Conflicts Management. Terrell is a seasoned attorney with over two decades of legal experience, having served as lead counsel in litigation, investigations, compliance, regulatory, transactional, and government affairs matters. She joins FTI from DLA Piper – one of the largest law firms in the US – where she was a Partner at the Washington, D.C. office for seven years.Laura Terrell joins FTI Consulting as Deputy General CounselAt DLA Piper, Terrell represented corporations and individuals from a wide array of industries, including pharma, FMCG, telecom, energy, and financial services. She also provided legal and strategic advice, training, and PR support to large national and multinational firms. Before DLA Piper, Terrell was at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP from 2005-2011, where she started as Of Counsel before becoming a Partner after three years.

During her years in private practice, Terrell represented and advised corporate clients in compliance matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, sanctions and export controls regimes, and the False Claims Act.

Before her career in private practice, Terrell was as a Special Assistant to the President from 2004-2005, serving as a commissioned officer and dealing with issues of homeland security. Before that, she was Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the US Department of Justice, overseeing cases and matters involving the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, and Food and Drug Administration. Before that, Terrell worked as a Trial Attorney for the Division of Enforcement at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Terrell began her legal career as a clerk for the Honorable James E. Bradberry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

She holds an A.B. in Government and Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

In her new role as Deputy Counsel at the consultancy, Terrell will serve under Curtis Lu, who has been FTI’s General Counsel since 2015. She will work out of the firm’s Washington, DC headquarters.

“I am very proud to be joining FTI Consulting, a company I have long admired and partnered with - a great group of stellar business professionals and experts who provide advice and consulting services to companies throughout the world and across the business cycle,” said Terrell.


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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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