In October 2017, Graphite backed the management buy-out of YSC Consulting, the leading independent global provider of leadership strategy consulting and advisory services. Based in London, YSC operates across more than 50 countries and has worked with approximately 45% of the FTSE 100 and 15% of the Global Fortune 500. YSC is a highly regarded thought leader in its industry and has built an impressive reputation in combining customised expertise in leadership development with data-driven insights.
Following the buy-out Graphite worked closely with the management team to transform the business, including expanding its client base, broadening its range of services and strengthening its international presence. The business strategically repositioned its services towards the higher-margin c-suite and established a dedicated private equity practice, currently serving over 40 global private equity funds. Graphite also invested in and supported YSC in enhancing its digital and data capabilities to complement its existing service offering. This culminated in the launch of YSCQ, its proprietary technology platform which offers dynamic and real-time data insights to YSC’s clients.
KEY BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENTS
Broadened and strengthened the senior management team
Established a dedicated private equity practice
Developed a proprietary client-facing technology platform with data analytics capabilities
Successfully launched new services, including a market-leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion proposition
Invested in operations to drive operating efficiency and scalability
Created a global business development function
Grew EBITDA by 50%, supported by revenue growth in all regions
Internal Rate of Return
In 2022 YSC was sold to Accenture plc.