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Gerry Hansell

Senior Partner & Managing Director


Corporate Development & Finance

Gerry Hansell on the Case for Active Portfolio Management

In this video, Hansell explains the challenges companies face in managing their portfolios and shares how they can avoid making costly missteps.

Gerry Hansell is a senior member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Corporate Development and Strategy practices. He became a BCG Fellow in 2010.

Gerry’s research activities focus on value patterns, which describe how a company’s starting position at a given point in time shapes the range and types of strategic moves that are most likely to create value. There are common types of value patterns that inform the company’s investment thesis and strategic agenda. These are defined not by industry, but by business model economics and investor appeal. Different value patterns show different types of priorities, trade-offs, and risks.

Gerry is working with both corporate leaders and professional investors to explore how the insights from value patterns can be used to drive sustained corporate success and value creation.

At BCG since 1992, Gerry’s consulting experience has focused on helping clients define and implement strategies for shareholder value creation across a wide range of situations and industries. He works with senior corporate leaders and their key stakeholders—including boards and owners—to create alignment on strategies for competitive success and value creation.

Before joining the firm, Gerry was a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York and Australia, where his work focused on chemical and energy industry M&A.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate vision, objectives, and portfolio strategy
  • Diversification and premium conglomerates
  • Industry landscaping
  • Shareholder value
  • TSR strategy
  • Shareholder activism
  • M&A
  • Takeover defense
  • Divestitures and carve-outs
  • Valuation models
  • CFO role and organization
  • Incentive systems
  • Capital allocation strategy
  • Industrial goods in corporate management and supply chain management


  • MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
  • BA, chemistry, magna cum laude, Haverford College
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