Dave Matheson


University of St. Andrews, Scotland, MA in Logic & Metaphysics, with first class honors
Harvard Business School, MBA, with distinction
Harvard Law School, JD


Dave is a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group. A long time leader at BCG, his most recent role was as a Senior Partner. During his 30 years with the firm, he was the founder and leader of the firm’s health care practice, he managed the Boston office, and he served on the BCG Executive Committee. He has had experience in virtually all sectors of health care. He and his teams’ work included growth strategies, mergers and post-merger integration, collaborative agreements, and organizational and process development for pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, payors, and NGOs. Among his many healthcare industry accomplishments, he coined the term “disease management” and led BCG’s efforts to help clients come to terms with its implications.

Dave also played a key role in launching BCG’s efforts in global health, working extensively with The Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation on assignments to bring business rigor to public policy management.

BCG leadership

Chairman, Audit Committee; Chairman, North America Client Portfolio Committee; Chairman, Officer Career Track Committee; Chairman, Senior Partner Committee; Chairman, Client Capabilities Committee.

Other leadership

PLAN International/Childreach: Member and Chairman US Board (15 years); Chairman, Governance, Marketing, Audit, and Nominations Committees; Member and Chair, Cambridge Innovations Board.

Advisory Board memberships

Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Council, Harvard Center for Surgery and Public Health Board, Harvard Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Project, Healthways Strategic Advisory Board, Mass Medicaid Policy Council.

Leadership is…

all about collecting the right team and giving it room.

The biggest challenge facing today’s leaders is…

the same as it has always been: deciding what to do to create the most value.

The biggest opportunity for today’s leaders is…

being able to draw on a greater diversity and depth of talent than ever before.