Former Arthur D. Little senior partner named CEO of CNH Industrial

31 August 2018

Agricultural and construction equipment giant CNH Industrial has appointed Hubertus M. Mühlhäuser as its new CEO. The experienced business leader started his career with management consulting firm Arthur D. Little, becoming the firm’s youngest partner ever at age 29.

CNH Industrial is one of the largest global manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment and vehicles. Registered in the Netherlands and with corporate headquarters in London, the multinational firm has a presence in all major markets worldwide, including the US. The firm employs 63,000 people, and had revenues of $27.36 billion last year. Its brands include Case, New Holland, Iveco, and Steyr Tractors.

Now, the global manufacturing company has appointed Hubertus M. Mühlhäuser – a seasoned business leader and former senior partner at management consultancy Arthur D. Little – as the firm’s chief executive officer. Mühlhäuser boasts extensive experience leading multinational industrial firms, a deep knowledge of the construction and agriculture sectors, and strategy consulting expertise. As CEO, he will be based out of CNH Industrial’s Chicago, IL offices.

Before joining CNH, Mühlhäuser was director, president, and CEO of Welbilt, a global manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment, from 2015. Prior to that, he spent two years at his family business Mühlhäuser Holding Ltd, a more than century-old German tunneling specialist firm. He stepped down as managing director in 2015, remaining on as a non-executive chairman and majority stakeholder.Former Arthur D. Little senior partner named CEO of CNH IndustrialBefore that, Mühlhäuser spent seven years at agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO, serving first as senior vice president of Strategy & Integration and Information Technology, and eventually heading the firm’s EMEA and Asia businesses. 

Mühlhäuser started his career with Arthur D. Little – the more than century-old US firm that pioneered the business of management consulting. Starting as a business analyst in Switzerland, Mühlhäuser became the firm’s youngest partner at 29. He was appointed managing director of ADL’s Swiss operations in 2001, and was also a member of the firm’s global management team from 2000 to 2005. Mühlhäuser was a key negotiator (and shareholder) in the prominent firm’s management buyout financed by Altran Technologies.

“The Board is delighted at the appointment of Hubertus Mühlhäuser, given the wealth of international experience he will bring to the role combined with his passion for, and experience in, many of the industries in which we operate,” said Suzanne Heywood, chairman, CNH Industrial.

Mühlhäuser takes over from interim CEO Derek Neilson, who filled the role after the departure of Richard Tobin – CNH Industrial’s CEO since 2012. Tobin stepped down earlier this year to pursue other executive opportunities. Meanwhile, Neilson will continue on in the role of chief operating officer, EMEA Region and president, Commercial Vehicles Products Segment.

The change in CEO comes months after Suzanne Heywood became chairman. Heywood took on the role in July after CNH Industrial chairman Sergio Marchionne passed away from complications following surgery. Marchionne was also CEO of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari. 

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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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