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Karalee Close

Partner & Managing Director

London

All the technology in the world isn’t going to work if we can’t coordinate the data, change the way we connect health care services, and engage patients in understanding their own decisions around health.

Karalee Close

Karalee Close is the global topic leader for health care technology at The Boston Consulting Group and leads the firm’s Technology Advantage practice in Western Europe and South America. She concentrates on the biopharmaceutical sector and the field of digital health.

Karalee has deep experience in technology-enabled strategy, organization, governance, and portfolio management. She has played a leading role in BCG’s efforts in cloud computing as well as in BCG’s investment in the Innovation Value Institute, which defines leading frameworks for managing IT for business value.

Before joining BCG in 2000, Karalee held senior management positions in corporate planning and information systems in hospitals. She also worked across specific sectors of government and public health.

Along with her many writings for the firm and her popular TED@BCG talk, Karalee has worked on many projects across topics that include technology strategy in health care; IT transformation and capability improvement in health care, media, and other industries; and postmerger integration, organization, and change management.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leads BCG's Technology Advantage practice in Western Europe and South America
  • Big data & analytics in health care
  • Digital marketing and commercial model innovation
  • Research & development (regulatory, clinical, innovation)
  • Technology-enabled strategy
  • Improving the technology function: IT strategy and architecture, IT governance and portfolio management, IT organization and capability, and sourcingIT cost reduction
  • Simplify IT
  • Cloud computing
  • Major transformation and change programs

Education

  • MBA, with distinction, University of Toronto
  • BSc, with distinction, health informatics, University of Victoria
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