Charles River Associates adds Alva Taylor to board of directors

02 August 2022 2 min. read
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Charles River Associates (CRA), a Boston-headquartered management consultancy, has appointed Alva Taylor, PhD, as an independent director, effective August 1, 2022. Based in Boston, Taylor will serve on the CRA board’s audit, nominating, and corporate governance committees.

Taylor is a professor and the faculty director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, which focuses on how changes in digital technology impact business strategy and corporate decision making.

His recent research explores the challenges of managing creative groups for sustained innovation and entrepreneurship, and how organizational learning takes place in information-rich environments. Taylor teaches courses on strategy, innovation, and change management in Tuck’s MBA, executive education, and master’s in health care delivery science programs.

Taylor has also partnered with Google to design and direct its Digital Excellence for Minority Entrepreneurs Executive Education Program.

Alva Taylor, Board of Directors, CRA

Prior to joining Dartmouth College in 2002, Taylor taught for two years at Northwestern University. He has a PhD in organizational behavior studies from Stanford University, as well as an MBA, master’s degree in operations research, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University.

“Alva is a recognized expert in the areas of digital strategy and change management, and he is joining us at a time when our firm is stronger than ever before, buoyed by broad-based profitable growth,” Paul Maleh, CRA’s chairman and CEO. “His insights will help CRA continue on the path to a promising and exciting future for our colleagues, clients, and shareholders alike by drawing on the curiosity, creativity, and commitment to excellence that have made CRA the global leader it is today.”

Taylor replaces Nancy Hawthorne, who is stepping down from the company’s board after eight years to focus on other personal commitments, CRA said in a press release.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to thank Nancy Hawthorne for her leadership and valuable insights provided to CRA and the Board,” said Maleh. “Nancy has served on the Audit Committee as a financial expert and on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee over these past eight years, and CRA has benefitted from her advice and counsel throughout. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

CRA advises clients on business strategy, performance, and economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings. The firm has more than 800 professionals across the Americas, Europe, and Australia.