Phil Cooper

  • J. Phillip Cooper (“Phil”), a member of Boston Harbor Angels, is a seasoned entrepreneurial leader with strengths in marketing and business development, deal structuring / negotiation, acquisition / strategic partnering, and financial engineering. In June, 2006, he retired from CRA International, where he was Vice Chairman & Executive Vice President. CRA (NASDAQ: CRAI) is a leading provider of economic and financial expertise and management consulting services.

    At CRA, while leading the corporate development function, Dr. Cooper was responsible for the successful identification, negotiation, and integration of more than 10 acquisitions and group hires in cooperation with group and practice vice presidents. As a member of the Office of the CEO, he also helped consulting practice leaders meet growth and profitability targets, and evaluated investments in practices and offices. The functional heads of marketing, corporate development, legal, and human resources reported to Dr. Cooper. For almost 3 years before becoming CRA’s Vice Chairman, and while still heading the firm’s corporate development activities, he also served as its CFO. While CFO, Dr. Cooper led 2 successful, follow on public equity offerings and an innovative convertible bond offering. In his 6 years at the firm, CRA quadrupled in revenue.

    Prior to joining CRA, he had leadership roles in a number of entrepreneurial and change-management business ventures, including serving as CEO of: Newstar Technologies in Toronto, Ontario; Clinical Information Advantages, Inc., in Waltham, MA; and Applied Expert Systems in Cambridge, MA. He had been particularly active in various e-commerce business segments, both domestically and internationally, as well as in information industry and proprietary data businesses, packaged software, and financial services. Previously, Dr. Cooper served as Executive Vice President of Standard & Poor’s Corporation in New York and Senior Vice President, General Manager, and a member of the Board of Interactive Data Corp., then in Waltham, MA, and owned by Chase Manhattan Bank. He has also been Assistant Professor of Business Economics at the Graduate School of Business of The University of Chicago. Dr. Cooper earned a B.Com. in Commerce & Finance at The University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Economics at M.I.T., with specializations in Finance and Econometrics.

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