Benjamin A. Burditt
Managing Partner & Founder
Benjamin Burditt founded Princeton Strategic Advisors in 2011.
Middlebury College, BA Economics
Yale School of Management, MBA
Columbia University, Executive Coaching Certificate
McKinsey & Company, management consultant
E.W. Scripps, restructuring & transformation leader
Scripps Ventures, venture capitalist
Special Situations Funds, private equity investor
Princeton Strategic Advisors, management consultant, board member, executive coach
Executive Fellow, Center For Higher Ambition Leadership
Community Fellow, Princeton University (Mathey College)
Candidate for Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University
Benjamin Burditt (Benjy) brings a range of career experiences to his work at Princeton Strategic Advisors including many years at McKinsey & Company, restructuring experience, operating experience, investment banking experience, venture capital experience, executive coaching experience and experience serving on the board of directors of many public and private companies. Beyond Benjy's work at Princeton Strategic Advisors Benjy serves on the board of directors of Pardee Resources (PDER), serves as an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership and also is a Community Fellow at Princeton University.
With all of his clients Benjy trys to bring an objective and informed viewpoint that is delivered through a collaborative process. He strives to bring the very best out of each stakeholder. He thrives on creating fundamental
alignment across organizations both horizontally and vertically. While Benjy has extensive experience working with and coaching C-Suite executives he often also creates value through engaging with the front line organization.
Benjy grew up in Bedford, NY the youngest of five children. After graduating from the Choate School he spent a year in Florida where he attended Flight School and earned his commercial pilots license, instrument rating and ultimately became an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Benjy then attended Middlebury College where he graduated cum laude with a BA in economics. During the summers Benjy worked at Connecticut Air Service as a FAA certified flight instructor at Danbury Airport (CT).
After college Benjy became an investment banker with Prudential-Bache Securities in their Health Care Group where he worked on IPOs, high yield debt placements and other advisory assignments. He then attended Yale University's School of Management where he earned an MBA. After Yale Benjy moved to Washington DC for four months and interned on the Senate Banking Committee and participated in passing the Competitive Equality Banking Act of 1987.
After Yale Benjy joined McKinsey & Company in their New York Office. At McKinsey Benjy worked on a wide range of assignments for NPOs and for-profit enterprises including strategy, change management, organization, pricing, cost reduction, re-engineering and logistics in a multitude of industries including parks, health care, aerospace, financial services, transportation, steel, electronics, and not-for profits. Benjy remained at McKinsey & Company for six years.
Benjy then joined the E.W. Scripps Company (newspapers, TV stations, Food Network, HGTV) for ten years where he spent the first three years as an operating executive of a global content and licensing company, United Media (owner of Snoopy, Garfield, Dilbert, etc. ) and drove the restructuring of the that organization in partnership with the CEO. He then co-founded Scripps Ventures and co-ran that early stage venture capital fund for seven years where he invested in education, media, software and Internet related companies. A number of portfolio investments went public or were sold to strategic acquirers in successful exits. Benjy served on the board of several of those companies.
Following his seven years at Scripps Ventures Benjy joined the Special Situations Fund as a partner and co-leader of their Private Equity Fund. Benjy remained in that role for six years and invested in early rounds of several high profile successes including E-Ink (Amazon Kindle technology), Solexa (next generation DNA sequencing technology acquired by Illumina) and Medivation (prostate cancer) recently acquired by Pfizer for $14 billion.
In 2011 Benjy founded Princeton Strategic Advisors to work with small and large organizations both through consulting engagements and board roles. At Princeton Strategic Advisors Benjy has done extensive work for clients in the higher education sector. That work has crossed human resources, alumni affairs, communications, engineering, development, diversity, and the Provost office. He has served on several boards including Adept Technologies a public global robotics company that was recently acquired by Omron Corporation in a highly successful exit. On the consulting side Benjy has worked with organizations in both the for-profit (private equity backed, public and closely held) and not-for-profit sectors. His work has crossed leadership team alignment, coaching, reorganizations, transformations, strategic planning, process improvement and customer/internal client responsiveness. Industries have included education, media, insurance, health care, chemicals, renewables, defense and water infrastructure. Benjy also provides one on one and team executive coaching services and was awarded an Executive Coaching "External Intensive" Certificate from Columbia University's Business School / Teachers College. Benjy is currently enrolled in Cornell's Diversity & Inclusion Professional Certification Program.
Benjy lives in Princeton NJ with his wife Lisa and four boys Charlie, William, Henry & George. Aside from spending time with family Benjy enjoys sports, taking long walks and studying American History mostly around the forming of our Constitution.