Lynne Doughtie named first female CEO of KPMG US

21 April 2015

Advisory chief begins five-year term as Chief Executive and Chairperson on July 1. It is the next chapter in a remarkable 30 year journey with the Big Four firm that has seen her hold numerous leadership positions. 

Thirty years after she first joined KPMG practice, Lynne Doughtie has risen to the very top of the Big Four firm’s US wing. She excelled at the national, regional and global levels before her leadership of KPMG Advisory in the US from 2011 helped see her elected as the professional services firm’s first female CEO and Chairperson. 

Her rise hasn’t gone unnoticed by the industry. Doughtie has already been named one of the ‘Top Women Leaders in Consulting’ and among the ‘Top 25 Consultants’ by Consulting Magazine. 

Doughtie excelled as Advisory chief. analysis revealed that, under her stewardship, Advisory’s growth shot ahead of Audit and Assurance to become KPMG’s strongest performing unit. The US is the firm’s most significant market, making Doughtie an indispensable player in KPMG’s stellar global growth. 

Lynne Doughtie, Chief Executive Officer - KPMG

Great Expectations 

During her tenure KPMG acquired Rothstein Kass, Zanett Commercial Solutions, and healthcare specialist Beacon Partners. But steady organic growth was the real driver behind the success of US Advisory. 

As Chairperson and CEO, Doughtie is no less ambitious about her plans for the firm’s future. “Our firm, our clients and the entire marketplace are looking at a future of unprecedented change and extraordinary opportunity, where ‘business-as-usual’ is going to mean constant innovation and transformation”, she said. 

“It is an honour to have the chance to lead KPMG at such a pivotal moment, when ensuring quality and confidence in the work we do has never been more important.” 

The Virginia native was always ahead of the curve, briefly studying computer science before joining KPMG in 1985. She will succeed John Veihmeyer, who has served as Global Chairman of KPMG International since February 2014. He will be a tough act to follow, having been regularly named as one of the top 100 most influential people in global accounting but was full of praise for his successor. 

“Lynne Doughtie is an incredibly innovative, thoughtful and inspiring leader, who has the exact qualities needed to lead our firm and our people in a time of increasing complexity and change,” he said. “She has led our US Advisory practice to unprecedented levels of success and established it as KPMG’s fastest growing business. Lynne will be an extraordinary and inspiring leader for KPMG and our people.”


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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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