Jack Freker new CEO of revived consultancy Buck

28 August 2018 Consulting.us

Having returned to independence after some 20 years, HR advisory firm Buck has appointed a new CEO to take the company forward. Jack Freker arrives from YP Print Media where he had spent the past three years as CEO and President.

The consultancy formerly known as Buck has burst back onto the scene in recent months, having regained its independence via a private equity injection. The firm was acquired by Mellon in 1997, then ACS in 2005, and then Xerox 2010. After Xerox spun off its professional arm into Conduent last year, Buck became Conduent HR Services. 

In May, Conduent sold its HR Services divisions in the US, Canada, and the UK to H.I.G Capital. These businesses represented $278 million of the company's 2017 revenue, and now, as the HR consulting firm aims for rapid expansion financed by the private equity investment, their backers will hope to tap into the profitability of the fast-growing management consulting market.

Jack Freker new CEO of revived consultancy Buck

Now, the business – which has rebranded from Conduent HR Services to Buck – has announced it will be led globally by chief executive Jack Freker, who has joined the firm as a result of the deal. He has led a number of companies over his career, and was most recently the chief executive officer of media business YP/Print Media. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2013, he led First Advantage of Florida, a global provider of employee background screening, talent acquisition, and identity verification. He was also President and COO of the New York-based business process outsourcing firm Zenta from 2006 to 2011.

Commenting on the challenge ahead for the revived Buck brand, Freker said, "We are well-positioned to grow across all aspects of our business. With global scale and best-in-class technology, combined with our deep bench of experienced and passionate professionals, we are proud to continue serving as a trusted partner to our clients. Buck is uniquely positioned amongst its competitors as a nimble, agile and client-centric provider for customised solutions to drive positive health, wealth and career outcomes for employees."

Commenting on the completion of the deal which sees Buck return to independence, H.I.G. Capital Managing Director Matt Lozow added, "Buck is an excellent platform within the integrated HR consulting and outsourcing space. We've invested in an exciting organization with a full suite of services, differentiated technology, global scale, an exceptionally talented group of employees and leaders and unparalleled client tenure.”

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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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