Eagle Hill Consulting brings in Michael Frantz to lead Seattle office

16 August 2018 Consulting.us

Management consultancy Eagle Hill Consulting has hired Michael Frantz as a Senior Director and head of the firm’s Seattle office. A 23-year consulting industry veteran, Frantz joins Eagle Hill from North Highland, where he was a Principal.

Eagle Hill is a woman-owned, boutique management consulting firm offering services in business strategy, organizational transformation, human capital transformation, process improvement, program management, and change management. For over 12 years, the firm has been advising organizations in the financial services, health & life sciences, technology, media & entertainment, and public sectors. The firm is based out of Washington, DC, with additional offices in Boston and Seattle.

The firm has grown revenues at an average rate of 74% since 2010 and racked up a pile of awards, including ranking as one of Forbes’ Best US Management Consulting Firms (2016-2018), Vault’s Consulting 50 (2016-2018), and Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work (2010-2011, 2016-2018).

The firm links its success to its excellent workplace culture – which is built on the core values of ‘collaboration, family, and fun’ – and its elite human capital, with 70% of its leadership holding graduate degrees, and 80% having Big Four (Deloitte, EY, PwC, KPMG) experience. The firm also uses the rigorous Topgrading interview process to make sure they hire ‘only the best.’Eagle Hill Consulting brings in Michael Frantz to head Seattle officeEagle Hill’s new Seattle office head – Michael Frantz – has apparently passed the firm’s exacting recruitment gauntlet to take the reins of the company’s newest office as a Senior Director. Frantz, who joins Eagle Hill from consultancy North Highland, has more than two decades of experience in management consulting. He replaces Jordan Henry as Seattle lead.

"Mike is a seasoned, respected management consulting leader. We're fortunate he is now a part of the Eagle Hill family, and he will play a critical role in delivering unconventional client service and driving our continued business growth," commented Melissa Jezior, Eagle Hill president and chief executive officer.

Frantz was a Principal at North Highland from 2015-2018, joining the firm after ACME Business Consulting – which he joined in 2013 – was acquired by North Highland in 2015. Before that, he was a Managing Director with consulting firm Point B, where he worked for 13 years. Franz started his consulting career with Deloitte Consulting, where he was a Manager from 1995-2000.

According to Eagle Hill, their new Seattle office leader has a strong ‘track record of delivering tangible results for clients.’ Additionally, Frantz has spent much of his career in Seattle, and as such has deep roots and a strong network of contacts in the area that will help him expand the consultancy’s growing footprint.

Jezior added, "Equally important to his track record of success, Mike is aligned with Eagle Hill's core values. I see this as fundamental to leading teams and delivering business results."

Frantz holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Washington. He also has an BA in Japan Regional Studies from the University of Washington, as well as a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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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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