Clarkston Consulting bolsters partner leadership with two promotions

07 September 2018

Life sciences and consumer products-focused professional services firm Clarkston Consulting has added to its partner leadership with the promotion of Kristine Pettoni to Partner and Dave Treadaway to Associate Partner. Both are long-time Clarkston consultants, with Pettoni having joined the firm in 2005, and Treadaway in 2000.

Clarkston Consulting provides business advisory services to clients in the consumer products and life sciences industries. The Durham, NC-based management consulting firm supports clients in the areas of strategy & innovation, sales & marketing, supply chain, quality & regulatory compliance, IT, data & analytics, ERP software, and organizational performance. Founded in 1991, Clarkston has additional offices in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Bridgewater, NJ, and Roanoke, VA.

The firm has strengthened its partner leadership by promoting Kristine Pettoni to Partner and David Treadaway to Associate Partner. The pair will continue to serve long-standing clients while expanding the consultancy into new markets and technologies.

Pettoni is a skilled consultant with over a decade of experience in the field, having joined Clarkston in 2005. After a brief stint at UPS as an Industrial Engineer, Pettoni joined Clarkston as an Associate Consultant, eventually working her way up to Associate Partner in 2014. During her long tenure with the firm, she has helped global life sciences, retail, and consumer products companies strategically transform their processes and systems. Pettoni has deep experience in the delivery of strategic assessments, process redesigns, system implementations, organizational design, training, program & project management, and process audits.Clarkston Consulting bolsters partner leadership with two promotions"Kristine's thoughtful and tenacious commitment to her clients' success fully embodies our spirit of brilliant client service,” commented Clarkston President Paul Garrison. “She's been able to form trusting and long-standing relationships with her clients by ingraining herself in their business and making their objectives her entire purpose.”

A frequent speaker at industry events and universities, Pettoni was recognized as the 2017 Bobbie O'Hare Best of the Best Leader award by the Network of Executive Women in Consumer Products and Retail (NEW), an organization where she serves as the co-secretary of the Atlanta Chapter.

She holds a BS in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as a certificate in pre-law. Pettoni will continue to be based out of Clarkston’s Atlanta office.

Dave Treadaway has been with Clarkston for 18 years, and is a recognized expert in the areas of serialization, supply chain logistics, and validation. Treadaway has helped clients in life sciences, food and beverage, and consumer products achieve their goals in the areas of process improvement, operational efficiency, and business transformation. Prior to joining Clarkston, Treadaway was Manager of IT Sales & Logistics at Agfa Healthcare from 1990-2000.

"Dave brings the full weight of his experience to enable sustainable, future-oriented success in all that he does,” said Clarkston Managing Partner Mike Hackett. “He lends his guidance both externally to our clients to enable the best outcomes for their business and internally to our stewards to help them learn and grow into capable and driven performers."

Treadaway has published numerous articles on serialization and spoken at many high-profile industry conferences and events.

He will continue to be based out of the firm’s New Jersey office. Treadaway holds an MBA from Iona College and a BS degree from Loyola Marymount University.

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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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