ISG promotes consulting veteran Todd Lavieri to Vice Chairman role

31 August 2018

Technology research and advisory firm ISG has promoted Todd Lavieri, currently the firm’s President of Americas and Asia Pacific, to the role of Vice Chairman. 

Todd Lavieri joined ISG in 2014 as President of the Americas region, spanning North America – ISG’s largest division – and South America. After first being promoted to the additional post of President of the Asia Pacific region, he now has seen his boardroom responsibilities expanded with a second role. In his expanded role, Lavieri will, as Vice Chairman, also work closely with Chairman and CEO Michael Connors and other members of the firm’s executive leadership team on corporate strategy and governance matters.

Besides Connors and Lavieri, the company’s Board of Directors consists of David Berger (Chief Financial Officer), Tom Kucinski (Chief Human Resources Officer), Todd Dreger (Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer), Lois Coatney (Global Leader of Managed Services, Esteban Herrera (Global Leader of Research), Chip Wagner (President of Business and Emerging Services), Lyonel Roüast (President of South Europe, Middle East & Africa) and Steven Hall (President of EMEA region).

Todd Lavieri - Vice Chairman at ISG

Lavieri brings over three decades of experience in the consulting industry to his new capacity. During his 13-year spell at Deloitte, he was the Global Leader for Consumer Packaged Goods, and then overall Global Leader for the Manufacturing Industry. In 2003, Lavieri founded Archstone Consulting, a consultancy specialized in finance & operations, which was acquired by The Hackett Group in 2009. Following his exit, he was recruited by IBM to serve as the company’s General Manager for its global consulting division, holding responsibility for all advisory-related service lines (SAP, Oracle, Business Analytics and Strategy & Operations) and industry practices. After 2.5 years in that role, Lavieri became General Manager of IBM’s Canadian organisation. 

Commenting on Lavieri’s appointment, ISG’s chief executive Connors said, “I am pleased to recognize Todd for his terrific first four years with our firm. He is a champion of our ‘Go Digital’ strategy, working closely with members of the ISG leadership team to develop our digital transformation services for clients. He also has helped lead the successful integrations of our acquired businesses during his time with ISG. Todd is a great innovator and builder and continues to add tremendous value to our firm.”

With 1,300 professionals operating in more than 20 countries, ISG is one of the globe’s larger research and execution consultancies in the area of technology. 

Earlier this month, fellow technology consultancy Clarity Insights added three new professionals to it leadership team.

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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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