Myrtle Consulting welcomes Lance Hartley as a Principal

14 September 2018

After acquiring mining and metals-focused operational consultancy Kalium earlier this summer, operations consulting firm Myrtle has appointed the acquired company’s co-founder Lance Hartley as a Principal and leader of the mining and metals sector.

Founded in 2012, Myrtle Consulting is an operations consultancy with offices throughout North America. With particular expertise in in manufacturing and distribution, the firm’s advisory support addresses the areas of production, maintenance, sanitation, planning management systems, and material movement. Based out of Houston, the company also has offices in Toronto and Mexico City.

Earlier this year, the firm acquired Kalium Consulting, a recently launched operational consultancy with expertise in the mining and oil and gas industries. The deal has expanded and strengthened Myrtle’s capabilities in providing operations advisory support to those industries.

The firm has been integrating the Kalium team into its business since the transaction earlier this summer. Myrtle announced that former Kalium co-founder Lance Hartley is now a Principal and leader of the firm’s mining and metals sector. He brings over 20 years of experience in driving transformations for mining and metals clients to the new role.Myrtle Consulting welcomes Lance Hartley as a PrincipalHartley will help clients leverage emerging technologies like data mining analytics to enable real-time data access and automated business processes that drive sustainable growth. He will also help mining firms navigate the challenges of increasing production while managing changing environmental regulations and other pressures.

"Lance has the expertise to lead Myrtle's minerals and mining clients in exploring technology advances and driving operational transformation for greater efficiency and growth," commented Edwin Bosso, CEO and Founder of Myrtle Consulting Group. "We are excited about expanding our leadership to meet the increasing demands across this key business sector."

Hartley was a founder member of Peter Chadwick, which then became Cambridge Management Consulting, then Celerant Consulting, and then Hitachi Consulting. Prior to founding Kalium Consulting, Hartley was Senior Vice President, Operations, at Hitachi Consulting from 2013 to 2016. Before that, he was Vice President, Operations, and Canada Sector Lead at Celerant for four years. Prior to that, Hartley was an Operations Manager at the firm for almost nine years.

Before that, he was a Senior Project Manager at Cambridge Management Consulting, and a Project Manager at Peter Chadwick, where he started his career in consulting. Hartley had previously worked as an engineer at organizations which included British Nuclear Fuels and HJ Heinz.

Hartley has a BS in Engineering from the Imperial College in London, as well as executive education from INSEAD and Cranfield Business School.

Meanwhile, Kalium co-founder and seasoned operational consultant Mark Hampel has been appointed a Director at Myrtle. Former Kalium managing partner Jason Erny was named Myrtle’s Chief Financial Officer.

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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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