Bain Stories from the early years: The education of a consultant
Harry Strachan’s first assignment with Bain began during the summer of 1978. He joined the firm full time in 1979 and became a partner in 1983. During his 30 years with Bain, Harry has worked in a great variety of sectors: financial and medical services; agribusiness to heavy industry; software and information to consumer products; airlines and hotels. His clients have been both multinationals and private family business groups with activities around the world. Within Bain at one time or another, he has been a consultant, a manager, a partner, a director and a director emeritus, and served on various governance and compensation committees and been an active trainer. In his emeritus status since 1998, living in Costa Rica, he helped build Mesoamerica Partners, which focuses on M&A advisory services and private equity. He devotes a significant portion of his time to pro bono investments, as a teacher, NGO board member, and president of the Strachan Foundation, but he makes sure he has enough time for golf and poker!
“These are personal stories, not an official history or a consulting handbook … I’ve been privileged to participate in Bain’s history during 30 plus years and to observe first-hand Bain’s amazing success. My objective is to help preserve some of the special DNA that I believe is the reason for this success, hopefully in stories that are fun to read.”
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