Ankura brings aboard Thomas Emmons as a Managing Director

23 August 2018

Washington, DC-based management consultancy Ankura has appointed Thomas Emmons as a Managing Director at its New York office. Emmons, a seasoned IT professional with experience on both the consulting and client side information technology, will serve as interim CIO.

Ankura has made a number of high-level additions and promotions in the last couple of months. The management consultancy – which supports clients in the areas of risk, compliance, governance, investigations, forensics, turnaround, and technology, among others – recently made appointments to the positions of chief financial officer, chief people officer, and chief information security officer.

The firm has now added Thomas Emmons, an experienced IT consultant, to their New York office as a Managing Director. Emmons has more than a decade of experience supporting and leading IT organizations through transformational periods. His areas of expertise include strategy design and implementation, system consolidation, and IT restructuring. Emmons will serve as interim chief information officer, while also advising in the areas of technology strategy and IT organizational management.

Before joining Ankura, Emmons was CIO at renewable energy giant SunEdison for almost two years, helping the firm reduce IT spending by more than $25 million. He also helped the firm divest nearly $1 billion in IT network assets.

Ankura brings aboard Thomas Emmons as a Managing Director

Prior to that, Emmons worked at St. Louis-based management consultancy Daugherty Business Solutions from 2009-2016, rising to the position on Senior Principal. While there, he led engagements with high-profile clients, managing teams of more than 100 consultants. Before Daugherty, he worked in project management at IntraISP Software Solutions and Clearwire.

"We are excited to have Thom and his in-depth IT expertise join Ankura as we continue to expand and deepen our client offerings," said Ankura Co-President Kevin Lavin.  "As a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies over the past decade, Thom brings impressive experience in managing IT departments in a variety of sectors as they evolve and grow.”

“Adding Thom to our deep bench of multi-disciplinary experts will augment our ability to provide comprehensive advisory services to all our clients across disciplines and issues as they look to achieve their strategic goals and navigate a changing technology landscape."

Emmons will look to leverage his skills in IT strategy in an increasingly digitalized business environment, commenting that “information services and technology are at the core of growth and productivity.” He added, “I am excited to work alongside the talented individuals at Ankura to develop tailored solutions for the IT challenges impacting our clients as they undergo transformational change.”


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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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