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Robert Stringer

Robert   Stringer

Adjunct Lecturer

B.A., Harvard University
M.B.A., Harvard Business School
Academic Division
Areas of Expertise

Venture Capital Experience

Bob Stringer is a founding General Partner of Sherbrooke Capital LLC, a venture capital firm based in Newton Lower Falls, MA, specializing in providing growth capital to companies in the health and wellness industry. SherCap has successfully managed a $101 million portfolio of investments and has supervised significant liquidity events in such companies as Izze Beverages, Oregon Chai and Cook Pharma. Although focused primarily on good-for-you food and beverages, SherCap’s portfolio includes innovative health and wellness companies Transmedics, Inc. (an organ transplant company), Immaculate Baking (an all natural food company), VetCentric (a veterinary pharma company), Polymerix and Advanced BioNutrition (two nutraceutical companies).

Consulting Experience

Bob is the president and founder of RAS Consulting, Inc. He is also a former partner of Oliver Wyman, Inc. and the former president and founder of Sherbrooke Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provided strategic planning and executive development services to companies in the United States and abroad. He has led a wide range of research and consulting assignments in the areas of market planning, organization design, leadership effectiveness, and business strategy.

Bob’s consulting assignments have included multiple engagements in New Zealand and Australia where he worked with such companies as Arnott’s, Western Mining, Carter Holt Harvey, ENZA, Lion Nathan, Telecom NZ, SKYCITY Entertainment, Fonterra and Auckland Healthcare. Bob’s most recent U.S. engagements have been with the Bank of America, Pepsi International, CitiGroup, Scholastic, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Fidelity Investments, and General Mills.

Governance Experience

Bob has served on the board of directors of three public companies: The Barnstable Water Company (chairman of the finance committee), which was acquired by the Connecticut Water Company, Whole Health, Inc., which was acquired by Walgreen’s Inc., and Penn-Pacific Corporation, which was an IPO. In each of these cases, Bob’s board role included orchestrating the sale of a previously privately held firm to a public entity.

He has also served on the boards of two not-for-profit organizations: The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (chairman of the nominating committee), and The Pine Street Inn (the largest homeless shelter in New England).

Bob currently serves on the boards of several of Sherbrooke Capital’s portfolio companies, as well as the boards of three additional private companies: The Brookeside Group, Inc. (chairman of the board), Georgetown Associates, Inc. (chairman of the board) and LaunchPad, Inc.

Teaching Appointments, Publications & Education

Bob has extensive experience in advising clients how to build high performing organizations in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. He has served on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and is currently teaching at Babson College. Starting in June, 2009, he has a 3-year appointment to the faculty of Auckland University’s Business School. Bob has published numerous articles on innovation, business strategy, motivation, career development, and corporate integrity. He has co-authored three books: Motivation and Organizational Climate with George H. Litwin, Men in Management with J.B. Kassarjian, and Strategy Traps and How to Avoid Them with Joel Uchenick. His fourth and most recent book is Leadership and Organizational Climate.

Bob received a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Harvard College and an M.B.A. degree (with distinction) from the Harvard Business School.