Charles Farkas is an advisory partner of Bain & Company. He joined the firm in 1979 and was elected to the partnership in 1985. Mr. Farkas advises chief executives and senior managers on issues critical to long-term success. He was the founder of Bain and Company’s Hospital Consulting Practice in 1985, he served as Chairman, Bain Canada from 1992-1994, the Global Leader of Bain & Company’s Financial Services Practice from 1995-1999, and the North American Head of Bain’s Healthcare Practice from 2004-2008.
His primary focus over the past 37 years has been healthcare. He has worked globally with 4 of the 5 leading medical technology companies, 8 of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies, many of the leading academic medical centers, and a variety of leading healthcare providers and service companies. He also advises a number of healthcare start-up companies and private equity investors in healthcare. Mr. Farkas has extensive experience with healthcare M&A, growth strategies, productivity improvement, and merger integration.
With over 37 years consulting experience, Mr. Farkas is highly sought out by clients for his experience with issues of growth, strategy, leadership and change. He is the author of the best-selling book Maximum Leadership (1996) and numerous articles in the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, In Vivo, and other publications. In 2008 Consulting Magazine named Mr. Farkas on the Top 25 Consultants in America.
Mr. Farkas earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of Princeton University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History with honors. From 1976-1978, Mr. Farkas was ITT International Fellow in Manila, Philippines.
Mr. Farkas is a member of the Board of CONMED Corporation (CNMD, NASDAQ) where he previously served on the Audit Committee and CEO Search Committee, and currently is a member of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Strategy Committee. He also serves on the boards of CHE Behavioral Health, Legacy ER & Urgent Care, and Courtagen Life Sciences, all private companies. He also serves as a Corporator of Partners Healthcare and as a member of the Board of the Harvard Medical School and The John A Hartford Foundation.