George B. Bennett
For more than 35 years George B. Bennett has been a successful serial entrepreneur. Early in his career, he co-founded Bain and Company and Braxton Associates, two very highly regarded international strategy consulting firms that have dramatically impacted Fortune 500 scale firms around the world. Later, he co-founded Symmetrix, a management consulting firm that specialized in helping large firms translate innovative strategies into cost effective operating practices. The last firm he co-founded, Health Dialog, is an international health care services company that is having a dramatic impact on the way health care is delivered in the U.S., several European countries, and Australia.
Bennett and Chris McKown founded Health Dialog Services Corporation in 1997. The firm is a leading health care services company that provides analytic services for payers (insurance companies, employers, Medicare, etc.) and telephonic support and Web support to patients. The firm is well known for the scale of the databases it maintains (five-year health histories for 34,000,000 individuals) and for the sophistication of the analytic techniques it uses to identify individuals who could benefit from telephonic support and/or Web support. Bennett currently serves as the Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors. He served as both the CEO and Chairman of the Board from 1997 until January, 2008, when the firm was sold to Bupa, a large British-owned global provider of healthcare services.
Bennett launched his entrepreneurial career in 1973 as a co-founder of Bain & Company. Bain is a very large top tier international consulting firm; its clients have historically outperformed the stock market by 4:1. Over the years, the firm has served more than 4,150 clients in a wide variety of industries. The company currently has 41 offices in 27 countries on five continents.
In 1976 Bennett founded Braxton Associates, Inc., a boutique strategy consulting firm with a reputation for innovation and creativity. The firm was acquired in 1984 by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, one of the world’s largest professional service firms.
In 1985, Bennett co-founded Symmetrix, Inc., a strategy consulting firm that developed extensive system integration and re-engineering capabilities. He served as its chairman and chief executive officer from 1985 to 1996. In 1996 the firm was sold to Nextera Enterprises, a publicly traded firm that quickly built scale by acquiring a wide variety of successful specialty consulting practices.
Bennett spent a year in Washington in the early 1980s as a member of the Grace Commission, a commission created by President Ronald Reagan (and headed by Reagan’s Democratic friend Peter Grace) to bring state-of-the-art business practices to the federal government. Bennett has remained active in Washington and has been an active participant in the ongoing debate regarding health reform.
Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University in 1967 and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1971. In 1982, he was inducted into the WVU Distinguished Alumni Academy of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. Bennett serves (or has served) on the board of directors of a number of organizations, including the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA), the National Youth Science Foundation, and Urban Improv, a Boston based not-for-profit organization focused on “improving the odds” for Boston’s inner city youth.
Bennett, an avid boater and fisherman, has four children and four grandchildren (soon to be five), all of whom live in the Boston area. He and his wife, Mimi, live in Brookline, Mass., and are active in the Brookline and Boston communities. They spend summers at their home on Martha’s Vineyard.