Sandra O. Moose, a Boston Consulting Group senior advisor who joined the firm more than 40 years ago as its first female consultant, has been named recipient of Consulting magazine's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award -- part of its fourth annual Women Leaders in Consulting awards.
The award, which will be given at a gala dinner on November 11 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York, is the latest in a series of honors that BCG women have received from Consulting, the industry's leading trade magazine.
Dr. Moose, a longtime Boston-area resident, is believed to be one of the first female management consultants and one of the first to rise to the profession's top ranks at a major firm. BCG founder Bruce Henderson hired her in 1968, five years after the firm's founding. She became a director (officer) in 1975 and a senior vice president in 1989, serving in that role until her retirement in late 2003.
Over the course of her long career with BCG, Moose has consulted to CEOs and top management teams in a broad range of industries -- particularly financial services, telephony, and consumer goods -- advising them on an array of strategic, organizational, and financial issues. She was a principal founder of the firm's Financial Services practice and a key contributor in the development of BCG's early management concepts.
As SVP, she held numerous leadership roles within the firm. She led the New York office from 1988 to 1998 and served as chair of the East Coast region from 1994 to 1998. She also chaired or served on several firm-wide committees, including the executive committee, the officer compensation committee, and the audit committee. In addition, she is credited with founding and later leading BCG's global Women's Initiative.
"Sandy Moose's contribution to BCG, its clients, and its people has been enormous," said BCG's president and CEO Hans-Paul Bürkner. "She played an integral role in building BCG as a business, leading major client relationships that took us into global strategy and large-scale implementation. She also greatly increased the number of women and minority consultants and partners. Through her pioneering example, she made it clear that women could not only hold their own, but be strong leaders within BCG and with the highest-level executives at our client companies."
Rich Lesser, a protégé of Moose's who eventually succeeded her as head of the New York office and is now chairman of North and South America, added, "I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition. Sandy was not only a great consultant but a true role model and mentor to so many of today's leaders in BCG."
Moose is the latest in a series of BCG women who have been honored by Consulting for their leadership and impact. At the first annual Women Leaders in Consulting awards event in 2007, Sharon Marcil won the magazine's inaugural Client Service Award. The next year, Jeanie Duck won its Lifetime Achievement Award. They and fellow senior partners Miki Tsusaka and Antonella Mei-Pochtler have also been named to Consulting's annual Top 25 Consultants list.
Moose is currently president of her own firm, Strategic Advisory Services, and serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. She is presiding director of Verizon Communications, a director of The AES Corporation, and chairman of Natixis Funds and Loomis Sayles Funds. She also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic grant-making institution, and the Boston Public Library Foundation. Other charitable organizations of which she is a director or trustee include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (president-elect), the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of Science.
Previously, she was a trustee of Hampshire College (1976-1983) and Wheaton College (1981-1991) and chair of the Council of the Harvard Graduate Society (2005-2009). She served as lead director of Rohm and Haas from 1999 to 2009, when the company was sold to Dow Chemical.
In 1999, Moose received the American Economic Association's Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, presented annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession. For her contributions on boards, she was given the Outstanding Corporate Director of the Year Award in 2004 from the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) and the Leadership in Public Corporate Governance Award in 2008 from the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter.
Dr. Moose received her PhD and MA in economics from Harvard University and her BA in economics summa cum laude from Wheaton College (MA), where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Wheaton College in 2009 and was elected a trustee emerita.
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