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Philip Lea

vice president of business development

  • Worked in strategy and development for one of the world's largest manufacturing companies

  • Prior to earning his MBA, worked as a management consultant in the healthcare sector

Phil began his career as a consultant, helping some of the largest hospital systems in the country address their operational and financial challenges. He was responsible for day-to-day project management, client relationship management and the professional development of his teams. He identified $50 million of underpaid claims, and his process improvement recommendations prevented his clients from losing hundreds of millions in future revenue.

Prior to joining LongWater, Phil worked in the Strategic Business Development group at 3M, a $30 billion manufacturing company based in St Paul, MN. During his time at 3M, he had a wide range of strategy, marketing and business development responsibilities. He was instrumental in developing a long-term alliance between 3M and a privately held tool manufacturer, which has allowed the companies to leverage each other’s capabilities for more profitable growth. He was also heavily involved in strategic planning at both the corporate and business group levels, and led an initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of the strategic planning process.

Phil graduated from Duke University with a BA degree in Economics and Public Policy Studies and later earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He lives in Dallas with his wife Maggie and their dog Roux. He enjoys cooking Cajun food and even hosts an annual crawfish boil benefiting the Vasculitis Foundation.