OC&C Strategy Consultants adds Matt Fish to partner team in US

19 September 2018 Consulting.us

OC&C Strategy Consultants has added Matt Fish to its partner team in the United States. Fish, who bolsters the firm’s Industrial Products and Private Equity practices, joins from EY-Parthenon and becomes the firm’s seventh partner in the US.

“I'm thrilled to be joining OC&C Strategy Consultants. I’m still in my ‘honeymoon period' but have been amazed daily with the culture, team, and some real gurus for Partners!” said Fish two weeks into his new role.

Fish brings over 15 years of experience in management consulting to the London-headquartered consultancy. After spending five years with Synovate, a market research consultancy formerly owned by Aegis Group and now part of Ipsos Group, in 2007 Fish joined New Pacific Consulting, a Shanghai-based boutique consulting firm focused on China growth strategy and due diligence engagements. Fish served the firm for seven years, after which he joined Parthenon Group in Shanghai as a Partner and Head of China.

In the summer of 2014, Parthenon Group was acquired by accounting and consulting giant EY, and following integration the strategy consultancy was rebranded as EY-Parthenon. Over the past four years, Fish worked from EY-Parthenon’s Los Angeles office, where he led the growth of the firm’s operations in the West Coast region.  

OC&C Strategy Consultants adds Matt Fish to partner team in US

At OC&C Strategy Consultants, a strategy and management consultancy founded in 1987 with 10 offices globally, Fish will serve the firm’s Industrial Products arm. He will leverage his knowledge of private equity and the industrials market in both the US and China at a time when manufacturers and suppliers are against a backdrop of digital transformation pivoting to more service-oriented business models. He will focus on developing transformation strategies and identifying investment opportunities, particularly in the US and Asia.

Commenting on the addition, Vivek Madan, Partner and Global Head of OC&C's B2B Product and Services Practice said, “In an increasingly digital and service-oriented, innovation-driven world, competitive industrials companies must adapt fast and seek new and recurring revenue streams. The addition of Matt strengthens our team and opens new doors for clients to increase their footprint in Asia, scale up operations and manage the unique challenges and opportunities in the market.” 

Asked about what attracted him to OC&C, one of EY-Parthenon’s main rivals in the US but also globally, Fish remarked that the culture and entrepreneurial spirit were key factors. “OC&C is all about big ideas and people-focused, deeply customized strategies.” He added that he believes it is an “exciting time” to join OC&C as the firm pushes for growth in the North American market, a consulting industry valued at around $60 billion. “This is an exciting time to relocate to New York to be part of OC&C's growth in team, clients, and practice areas.”

James George, International Managing Partner of OC&C, reiterated Fish’s comments, stating, “The US is at the top of our agenda.” OC&C’s New York office is led by a group of seven leaders: Nicholas Farhi (recently appointed as the new Chair of Non-profit organisation UnLtd), Mary Ann Halford, David Hanssens, Miguel Maal, Coye Nokes, Turkmen Deniz, and Matt Fish.

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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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