Chief Executive Officer
Chad Oakley serves as the CEO of Charles Aris Executive Search 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.
2021 Strategy Consulting Compensation Study: Over the course of Q4 2020, Charles Aris team members surveyed more than 2,280 people, 1,052 of whom are current strategy consultants. More than half of those individuals are current Big Three consultants for McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. All compensation points were collected anonymously and in compliance with pay equity laws currently in effect around the United States and U.S. territories. We’re confident that this report will serve as a useful resource as you address your organization’s mission-critical hiring needs and manage your own career trajectory. Please reach out to any member of our Strategy & Corporate Development recruiting practice to learn more. Download the study today.
2021 Former Strategy Consultant Compensation Study: While collecting data for our annual Strategy Consulting Compensation Data, we had 1,192 former strategy consultants fill out the anonymous survey – laying the foundation for our second-annual Former Consultant Compensation Study. Our search team constantly refines a network of more than 73,000 current and former consultants, placing strategy and corporate development leaders in roles ranging from Analyst to Director to Chief Strategy Officer. Download the report today.
2020 Mid-Year Offer Report: During the first half of 2020, 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.
The Anatomy of a Chief Strategy Officer: The Charles Aris Strategy & Corporate Development team has released The Anatomy of a Chief Strategy Officer. This report analyzes the backgrounds and experiences of CSOs (or the seniormost Strategy leaders) across the Fortune 500. We gathered data for this report through a combination of publicly available sources including company websites and LinkedIn, along with live conversations with the Chief Strategy Officers themselves. The 2020 Fortune 500 list was used, and all industry markers were pulled directly from Fortune’s website. Download your copy.
Read Chad’s Bain & Company alumni newsletter article breaking down Effective Job Search Strategies.
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“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