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Ariel Group Announces Acquisition of Executive Coaching Connections

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Ariel Group acquires Executive Coaching Connections to expand  Leadership Development capabilities

Boston, October 27th, 2022, Ariel Group, a leading US provider of training programs, today announced it has acquired Executive Coaching Connections (ECC), a Chicago-based, women-owned, leadership and organizational advisory firm specializing in high-touch, individualized coaching and mentoring to senior leaders. The acquisition deepens Ariel Group’s Leadership Development portfolio, marks the Company’s entry into individualized coaching, and continues its mission of developing leaders. Executive Coaching Connections (ECC) has been developing high-potential executives for more than 20 years. Their proprietary methodology is designed to bring out the best in leaders through a customized blend of theory and practice. ECC’s coaching approach creates positive and measurable outcomes.

“We are thrilled to bring ECC’s expert coaching talent into the Ariel Group family,” said Ariel Group’s CEO, Scott Simmons. “ECC has an outstanding reputation with leading corporations and a proven track record of success in developing leaders at senior levels. Their approach is complementary to our existing leadership solutions and will help us serve our clients’ increasingly demanding talent development needs.”

Kathy Green, ECC’s Founding Partner said, “Authentic communication is a critical component in great leadership. We are excited about the opportunities that will arise from this new relationship for all of our clients.”

“By bringing together The Ariel Group and ECC, we are creating a strong platform with diverse product offerings that can serve increasingly complex leadership consulting needs of the market,” said Atif Gilani, Founding Partner of the private equity firm Renovus Capital. We have the utmost respect for ECC and what its founders have built over the years, and look forward to working together closely as we integrate the companies.”

This transaction, finalized in early October, will allow Ariel Group to extend its offering to include executive coaching, c-suite mentoring, and organization effectiveness services. Coaching is a fast-growing and very attractive segment of the L&D market.

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