Dave Burg to head EY's cybersecurity consulting in the Americas

20 September 2018 Consulting.us

EY announced that it has selected Dave Burg as the new EY Americas Cybersecurity Leader in Advisory Services. Previously rival PwC’s Global Cybersecurity Leader, Burg will take the position on October 1. He replaces Bob Sydow, who announced his intent to retire in July of next year, having served the firm for 22 years.

Cybersecurity is an accelerating concern for firms in the midst of wholesale digital transformations that are throwing greater amounts of data into digital form, susceptible to cyber breaches and the financial, regulatory, and reputational risk held therein. The potential of connected devices through the Internet of Things provides yet another factor that needs to be protected from cyber risks. The further companies (and public agencies) go along their digital journey, the better protected they need to be from profit-motivated ransomware peddlers, cyberterrorists, and inimical state-sponsored attackers.

Big Four accounting and consulting firm EY US has been beefing up its cybersecurity capabilities in recent months in a bid to be organizations’ top choice for consulting in the area. In late July, the firm announced that it would open a $10 million cybersecurity center with 300 cyber professionals in Dallas to help clients stay ahead of emerging threats. In January, EY US acquired Aspect Security, a leading application security services firm. The deal gave EY comprehensive coverage of application and product security in the areas of mobile, social media, and cloud computing.

Last year, EY was ranked no. 4 by Cybersecurity Ventures on its top 500 companies to watch in the cybersecurity industry. EY’s ranking was higher than any other cybersecurity consultancy.Dave Burg to head EY's cybersecurity consulting in the AmericasAngling to keep its leading position in cybersec, the firm has appointed Dave Burg as the leader of its Americas Cybersecurity practice within Advisory Services. Burg will be tasked with setting EY cybersecurity consulting strategy within the Americas, developing new programs and offerings to help clients tackle cyber risk.

Before joining EY, Burg served as PwC’s Global Cybersecurity Leader. In the role, he helped clients devise strategies related to data breaches, hacking, and security assessments. Burg worked with corporates, law firms, and governments to help defend their organizations from cyber threats.

“EY has been focused on expanding our cybersecurity footprint through significant investments in both talent and capabilities,” said Amy Brachio, EY Global and EY Americas Advisory Risk Leader. “Bringing Dave into the fold is just the latest example of that investment.”

“Dave represents the future of our cybersecurity practice, bringing a wealth of experience that will accelerate our growth and increase our ability to help keep our clients safe from emerging cyber threats and adopt new technology solutions with confidence.”

Burg holds an MBA from The Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary, as well as a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his consulting work, Burg has lectured at NYU, Georgetown, and Penn State. He is a regular contributor on the topic of cybersecurity to business publications like the Wall Street Journal and CSO magazine.

“I’m thrilled to join EY at a time where businesses are being challenged more than ever by the emerging cyber threat landscape while harnessing new technology in a safe and secure manner,” said Burg. “In this Transformative Age, we see cybersecurity as a partner in innovation, not an inhibitor. By bringing this perspective to our clients, we can help accelerate the pace of transformation while reducing risks simultaneously.”

Burg will take on the new role on October 1. He replaces Bob Sydow, who will retire from the firm next summer after serving EY for over two decades.

“Bob has helped build our technology and cyber practices into market leaders over the past 22 years, said Hank Prybylski, EY Americas Advisory Vice Chair. “Along the way, he has developed so many of our current and future leaders. We all owe Bob a great deal of gratitude.”


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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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