EY has appointed Dennis Layton, formerly an Expert Partner at McKinsey & Company, as its Global Deputy Leader of People Advisory Services. Layton is tasked with driving the firm's human capital service portfolio, as well as internally contributing to the realisation of Vision 2020, the firm's five-year strategy.
Prior to joining EY, Dennis Layton worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was most recently, in his more than 11 years with the firm, an Expert Partner, a role which included leadership of the firm’s EMEA Performance Transformation practice. He previously worked at IBM, in a number of different positions across his almost three years with the firm, including World Wide Executive in the firm’s Product Lifecycle Management offerings and Senior Advisor in IBM's Corporate Strategy division.
Earlier in his career Layton worked at tech incubator 12 Entrepreneuring as Director of Strategy from 2000 until 2002, as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company from 1996 until 2000, as a Special Assistant to the Executive Office of the President/White House for just over a year between 1994 and 1995, and as a Non-Commissioned Officer specialised in electronics and cryptography for the US Navy, where he started his career in 1985.
Layton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgetown University.
EY’s announcement sees Layton appointed to the role of EY Global Deputy Leader of People Advisory Services (PAS), the firm's human capital consulting arm. He takes responsibility for driving the practices’ further expansion and delivery of major programmes.
Commenting on the appointment of Layton, Chris Price, EY’s Global Leader of People Advisory Services, says, “Dennis can help drive our continued focus on growing our core offerings and approach to services while continuing to provide exceptional client service. His deep knowledge of the chief human resources officer community and people services market, coupled with his proven strengths in consulting, sales management and leading high-performing teams, positions him well to move EY PAS forward.”
Reflecting on his new position, Layton says, “Becoming a global leader of EY People Advisory Services is an incredible opportunity. I’m looking forward to building upon the approaches to people and performance transformation that I’ve been focused on throughout my career and helping an even broader set of clients.”
Layton's task also includes contributing to the development of the firm’s long-term strategy, Vision 2020, which aims at making EY the globe's "leading professional services firm". As it stands, EY ranks third of the Big Four in terms of income, ahead of KPMG, but trailing PwC and leader Deloitte.
Layton is based in the firm’s London office. He started his new position on the first of April 2017.