Dr. Ralph Shrader is our seventh chairman since the firm's founding in 1914. Ralph served as chief executive officer (CEO) from 1999 to 2014, leading Booz Allen through a significant period of growth and strategic realignment.
Ralph's leadership philosophy and professional experience mirrors Booz Allen's mission—combining strategy with technology to deliver enduring results to clients. His personal consulting practice has centered on the global communications industry. He has led major assignments for telecommunications companies in the United States, Europe, and Latin America and was involved in Booz Allen's landmark work for AT&T at the time of divestiture. In the public sector, Ralph has led important programs for the U.S. National Communications System and Defense Information Systems Agency, for the United Nation's International Telecommunications Union, and for government agencies in Latin America.
An active participant in public forums, Ralph has spoken on leadership, strategy, and technology at major international conferences and graduate business schools in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including those sponsored by the World Economic Forum, The Aspen Institute, The Conference Board, Yale School of Management, the University of Chicago, National Business & Disability Council, and The Women's Center. His views on leadership and business have been featured in major newspapers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.