Gregory Burnham has made a career using strategy to strengthen and build businesses. He knows how to get to the core of business opportunities quickly, frame the opportunities in the context of strategy, turn the framework into workable solutions, and lead the teams responsible for execution. He has a broad background in general management and 20-years' experience leading major company initiatives in the areas of strategy, innovation, and implementation. His guiding principle is a constant and clear focus on the business outcome. He has considerable experience analyzing investment alternatives, building coalitions, negotiating policy, designing governance processes, and coaching and developing senior staff.
Greg has advised start-up companies and held traditional positions within established organizations. He has made innovative, business-enabling contributions in the areas of clinical trials, product safety, biochemical screening, E-Z Pass, transit payment systems, perimeter defense, outcomes research, and product development.
Greg has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, eight in transportation, and five in human resources management.
Greg credits Peter Drucker for key insights on strategy and leadership. "Drucker helped me to understand organizations and leadership. You will find some of Drucker's thinking in the LeadingStrategically model. One of Drucker's central idea is that 'Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't.' "
Greg says that it's important both to identify new business opportunities and to find inventive methods for realizing them, or in his words, "no one remembers Noah for predicting rain." He has applied his talents to business-wide strategy, product mix, corporate partnerships, investment selection, staffing, operational efficiency, corporate infrastructure, and post-merger consolidations.
Greg received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Northwestern University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University and was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.