Raman Mandapaka and Muhammad Younis join Charles River Associates

27 August 2018 Consulting.us

Charles River Associates (CRA) has recruited two new members to its consulting team, as it bids to raise its profile in risk management and regulatory compliance. Raman Mandapaka and Muhammad Younis arrive at CRA with deep expertise in credit and market risk management.

CRA is a worldwide provider of economic, financial, and management consulting services. Since 1965, clients have engaged the Boston-headquartered firm for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues.

The firm also boasts a robust Financial Economics Practice, which provides analytical expertise and advisory services in financial economics, risk management, consumer markets, and capital markets to financial institutions, legal teams, and regulators. The practice’s advisors include experienced economists, statisticians, bankers, and accountants among their ranks, as well as a number of prominent academic experts who present regularly to government, regulatory, and industry groups.

Raman Mandapaka and Muhammad Younis join Charles River Associates

The consultancy is presently working to bolster this offering in particular, and has subsequently welcomed two new colleagues to the practice. Raman Mandapaka and Muhammad Younis have joined the firm’s offices in Washington, DC and New York, respectively.

Paul Maleh, CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the pair’s arrival, “We are excited to welcome Raman and Muhammad to CRA. Their expertise in risk management, regulatory compliance, and valuation complements CRA’s service offerings in the Financial Economics Practice. The team also will enable CRA to strengthen our capabilities in credit, markets, and various types of financial modelling.”

Raman Mandapaka, who takes up a position as Vice President at CRA, possesses both comprehensive knowledge of data governance, modelling, financial products, and project management. He was previously a Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, where he spent the past 11 years, having previously held senior positions at Big Four firms Deloitte and PwC. He has extensive expertise in assisting banks, finance companies, Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), and FinTech companies on risk management issues and regulatory compliance. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Stony Brook, New York.

Muhammad Younis, who is now an Associate Principal, was most recently a Senior Consultant in Risk Management with HSBC Global Banking and Markets. The experienced professional has more than 16 years of know-how in the design and implementation of enterprise, liquidity, operational, and credit risk management frameworks, and he has designed, developed, implemented, and supported analytical models, including BSA / AML, Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) and Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) models. Younis also has significant experience with stress testing, scorecard implementation and validation, compliance/regulatory oversight, and regression modelling. Younis holds a degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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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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