Eric brings an extensive experience
in both managing large services businesses
and consulting with clients on
their growth strategies, business and operating models,
customer and market strategies,
service strategies and merger strategy and integration.
Prior to joining Waterstone, Eric
was Global Leader in Strategy and Change Services with
IBM Business Consulting Services.
At IBM, he managed one of the world's largest strategy practices
with over three thousand
consultants, encompassing business strategy, operations strategy, technology
strategy and organization change strategy services.
Eric was a member of IBM's Global Business
Leadership team and was a part of the small senior team which evaluated,
planned and executed the acquisition and integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers'
consulting practice into IBM. Eric joined IBM through the acquisition of
Mainspring Corporation. At Mainspring, a high-growth consulting firm focused on
business and technology strategy, Eric was Senior Vice President responsible
for sales and consulting services. Eric was instrumental in driving Mainsprings
meteoric growth and taking the firm public.
Earlier, Eric was a Partner and
Managing Director of Strategy Advisory Services for Ernst & Young, LLP,
where he led the practice from inception to several hundred consultants
globally. He also served as a member of Ernst & Young's Consulting Services
Executive committee. Eric holds a Master of Business Administration degree from
Harvard University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from
William and Mary. Eric and his wife, Evalyn Gates, have three grown children.