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Dan is a Senior Principal at ghSMART, a leadership-focused consulting firm. He advises investors, executives, and boards on their most crucial leadership and people needs, including talent assessment, leadership development, and executive succession planning. An advisor to multiple arts organizations and leaders, Dan currently serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Ballet, and from 2017-2021 was a Trustee of American Lyric Theater.

Prior to ghSMART, Dan led consulting engagements at Boston Consulting Group. Serving clients in multiple industries, including consumer products, financial services, and industrial goods, he gained particular experience in organizational transformations and leading large-scale negotiation strategy. During this time, he also led multiple pro bono engagements advising nonprofit executives and boards at performing arts institutions. 


Before joining BCG, Dan had an international career as a Grammy-nominated operatic baritone. Highlights included performances with dozens of opera companies and symphonies across the US and Europe, leading roles on recordings on the Albany and Naxos labels, and joining the Principal Artist roster of the Metropolitan Opera.


Dan received his MBA from Columbia Business School, and holds music degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Conservatory. He is based out of Philadelphia, PA, where he lives with his husband and their two children.

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