Richard Foster

Emeritus Director, McKinsey & Company and Venture Partner, Lux Capital

Dr. Foster is an Emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. Dr. Foster joined McKinsey in 1973, was elected a partner in 1978 and a Senior Partner/Director in 1982. Dr. Foster founded several practices including the private equity practice, the healthcare practice and the technology and innovation practice, and he McKinsey’s worldwide knowledge development. Dr. Foster is Chairman of Ancera Diagnostics, and Higi Health Data; a Board Member at ZocDoc, DrFirst, Advantia Health, LeanTaas, and SQream Computers. Dr. Foster has been a member of the boards of athenahealth, the Santa Fe Institute and the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He was a member of the Point72 Advisory Board. Currently, he is Chairman of the Medical Research Committee of the W. M. Keck Foundation and a member of the Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he is focused particularly on digital healthcare technology. He is the Chair of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, where he is also a member of the Policy & Global Affairs Committee. Dr. Foster has written two best-selling books: Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage (1986) and Creative Destruction (2001). Dr. Foster received his BS, MS, and PhD from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Science. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008.