Chad Oakley

Chad Oakley
Chief Executive Officer
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Chad Oakley serves as the CEO of Charles Aris Inc. and as the company’s primary practice leader for Strategy & Corporate Development with an industry focus on Consumer Packaged Goods, Industrial Manufacturing and Financial Services.

Prior to joining Charles Aris, Chad worked as a consultant and case team leader in the Boston practice of Bain & Company. At Bain, he focused on solving strategic challenges for clients in a number of industries including software, telecommunications, optical networking, manufacturing and financial services.

Before his time with Bain, Chad earned an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. During business school, Chad spent a summer at Nabisco as a summer associate for the Oreo Cookie portfolio. Prior to business school, Chad served as a business analyst in the Philadelphia practice of Deloitte Consulting, where he focused on industries such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals in addition to oil and gas.

Chad also holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University.

He met his wife, Mindy, at Wharton and together they have three wonderful children. Chad enjoys playing golf and the occasional trek up to Boston for a night of baseball at Fenway Park.

Chad is a proud member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Southern Seven chapter) and of Vistage CE group 3631.

Key Documents

Download our 2018 Strategy Compensation Study: 779 compensation data points gathered over the course of the past year. Also included is a subset of the corporate and private equity offers accepted by our strategy candidates during the year. Lastly, it highlights the performance competencies which should be expected by consultant level as well as the associated compensation at each level.

View our 2018 Mid-Year Offer Report: During the first half of 2018, Charles Aris coordinated more than 45 offers to strategy consultants. This report includes a sampling of the offers and the subsequent results. Each offer includes five components: title, base salary, equity, annual bonus and sign-on. Also included is the type of entity extending the offer, as well as the consulting firm at which the candidate was employed.

Read Chad’s Bain & Company alumni newsletter article breaking down Effective Job Search Strategies.

Chad’s content


“To Chad Oakley and the entire Charles Aris team, your professionalism, dedication and passion made such a difference. Words cannot express my gratitude.”  

- Group Manager of Talent & Organizational Development for a Fortune 300 company