Eric Pelander

Co-Chairman and Founder
  • 30 years of experience running services businesses and developing strategies for technology companies
  • Expertise in developing and executing growth strategies, and related business and operating models
  • Excellent understanding of and familiarity with private equity, having served on the boards of several PE-owned portfolio companies
  • Formerly VP and Global Leader of the Strategy and Change Services within IBM Global Business Services; previously Partner and Managing Director with Ernst & Young Consulting

Eric has extensive experience in both managing large services businesses and consulting with clients on their growth strategies, business and operating models, and merger strategy and integration. At Waterstone, Eric’s clients range from Fortune 100 to growth stage companies in software, hardware and services segments. His focus is on disruptive growth strategies and go-to-market and services improvement.

Prior to founding Waterstone, Eric was Global Leader of Strategy and Change Services for IBM Global Business Services, where he managed one of the world’s largest strategy practices with over 3,000 consultants. Eric was also a member of IBM’s Global Business Leadership team and was part of the small senior team that evaluated, planned, and executed the acquisition and integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ consulting practice into IBM.

Eric joined IBM through the acquisition of Mainspring Corporation, a high-growth consulting firm focused on business and technology strategy, where he was Senior Vice President responsible for sales and consulting services. Eric was instrumental in driving Mainspring’s 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.

Eric holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BBA from William and Mary. He has served on the boards of several private equity portfolio companies and as a trustee of the Cleveland Playhouse and Ohio Guidestone, a family services charity.