Ramboll promotes Guy Lewis to COO of Environment & Health business

04 September 2018 Consulting.us

Ramboll has appointed Guy Lewis, a US-based leader at the engineering consultancy, to the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Environment & Health business. He was previously with Environ, a firm acquired by Ramboll in 2014, and has extensive experience growing environmental and health propositions.

Becoming carbon neutral and sustainable, as well as improving the well-being of staff, is on the agenda of organizations across the globe. Consulting firms have been keen to show that their businesses can be run in a sustainable fashion, with efforts to build sustainable office complexes, electric vehicle fleets, or wider goals of achieving carbon neutral operations. Meanwhile, supporting improvement in staff health has been linked to improved performance – as well as wider social and personal benefits.

Companies seeking to meet their standards for sustainable operation and staff well-being are increasingly turning to the expertise of consulting firms. One such firm is Ramboll, a Denmark-based consultancy that supports clients with engineering, design, project management, and – through its dedicated Environment & Health (E&H) business – with environmental and well-being standards.

When Ramboll purchased Environ in 2014, in a move that saw more than 1,500 professionals join the firm’s global operation, Guy Lewis entered the acquiring firm's ranks as Finance Director of the E&H business. In that role, he was responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the division, which has 2,100 employees and $425 million in annual turnover. Ramboll promotes Guy Lewis to COO of Environment & Health businessPrior to that, Lewis was Environ’s Chief Financial Officer for more than 15 years. The role saw him build up the financial side of the company following the management buyout of the company from Pharmaceutical Product – growing revenues from $50 million to $300 million. He was previously a Director of Finance, and, when the company was part of Applied Bioscience, a Manager of Financial Reporting.

In his new role as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ramboll's Environment & Health business, he will based in Arlington, VA. Lewis will guide the global E&H portfolio, including business operations, finance and accounting, tax, information technology, legal, compliance, and business risk and insurance. In addition, the role will see him play a key part in the strategic development of the growth of the E&H business, spanning both organic and inorganic means. He will also continue to serve on the E&H Board of Directors and as a member of the E&H Management Team.

Commenting on the appointment, E&H President and Managing Director Thomas Vetrano, said, “Guy’s unparalleled work ethic, deep knowledge of the inner workings of the global E&H business operations, 25-year tenure with Ramboll and ENVIRON, and outstanding organizational and analytical skills are a huge asset to the company in this new role.”

Guy Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Related: Engineering consultancy Ramboll opens office in Minneapolis


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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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