August 10, 2022 – Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. The latest: Accenture has acquired YSC Consulting, a CEO advisory and leadership consultancy that helps organizations align leadership strategies with their business goals. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition strengthens Accenture’s capabilities to advise the CEO, C-suite, and board with solutions to boost performance and build leadership teams for the future.
“Leaders must meet new expectations to win the hearts and minds of employees and customers in a rapidly changing world,” said Christie Smith, global lead of talent & organization / human potential at Accenture. “Successful business leaders thrive through the application of meaningful purpose and the use of technology to lead with accuracy, speed, empathy, and transparency. It’s at the cross-section of these values where Accenture and YSC Consulting truly align. We look forward to coming together and helping clients maximize their impact and carve a successful future steered by modern leadership.”
Serving corporate and private equity clients for more than 30 years, YSC Consulting has a track record in helping organizations to define their leadership strategies and assess and develop their C-suite and senior executive teams. Headquartered in the U.K., and with teams also based in North America, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, China, and South Africa, YSC Consulting’s team of more than 200 employees joins Accenture’s Talent & Organization / Human Potential team.
Combining expertise in leadership development with data-driven insights, YSC Consulting helps organizations achieve transformational impact with solutions in C-suite assessment, team dynamics and effectiveness, diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, CEO succession planning and board effectiveness.
YSC Consulting has been a partner to 45 percent of the FTSE 100 and serves more than 40 percent of the largest private equity firms globally with services tailored to private equity funds and their portfolio companies — a move which expands Accenture’s industry expertise for private equity clients.
“For more than three decades, YSC Consulting has supported and inspired CEOs and their teams around the world to shape the future through the intentional design of thoughtful approaches to leadership,” said Eric Pliner, CEO of YSC Consulting. “At a moment when the world needs brilliant leadership more than ever, we are thrilled to join Accenture and bring the best of our expertise in individual leadership, team dynamics, diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and technology-enabled talent analytics in a respected and rapidly growing platform.”
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., one of the world’s largest consulting and risk management companies, has acquired global HR search firm Frederickson Partners. Frederickson Partners has locations in a dozen cities across the U.S., including San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Nashville, and also serves global tech hubs in London, Berlin, Paris, Mexico City, Bogota, Seoul and São Paulo. Founder Valerie Frederickson and her team will continue to operate under the direction of Scott Hamilton, global managing director, human resources & compensation consulting for Gallagher’s employee benefits consulting and brokerage operations.
“In order for leaders to confront today’s market challenges, they must develop themselves and their people to be able to execute courageous strategies,” said John-Paul Pape, Accenture’s global CEO-led workforce transformation lead,. YSC Consulting has garnered respect from boards, chief executives, and their teams by re-energizing their organizations with new leadership and talent strategies – all fueled by the power of data and insights. Together we will empower business leaders to re-invent the way they lead and shape a successful future for their organizations, customers, employees, communities, and the world.”
Accenture acquired YSC Consulting from U.K. private equity firm Graphite Capital.
Accenture is a global professional services company with capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, the company offers strategy and consulting, technology and operations services and Accenture song — all powered by a network of advanced technology and intelligent operations centers.
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