Bruce Henderson '33

Bruce Henderson '33

Boston, Massachusetts

Bruce Henderson was the founder of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Henderson founded BCG in 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts. He headed the firm as President and CEO until 1980 and stayed on as Chairman until 1985.

Henderson began his career as a salesman for Southwestern Advantage. He went on to attend the University of Virginia and later earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1937 before attending Harvard Business School. He left HBS ninety days before graduation to work for the Westinghouse Corporation.

After leaving HBS, Henderson worked 18 years at the Westinghouse Corporation, where he became a vice president at the age of 37, one of the youngest vice presidents in the company's history. In 1959, Henderson left the Westinghouse Corporation to join consulting firm Arthur D. Little as a senior vice president for management services. He left the firm in 1963 over disagreements with the firm's leadership. Upon leaving Arthur D. Little, Henderson accepted a challenge from the CEO of The Boston Company to create a consulting arm for the bank, operating as a subsidiary under the name "Management and Consulting Division of the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company". This consulting arm started operations in 1963.