Meet Phil

Phil Holberton

Phil Holberton has more than four decades of experience in financial management, strategic planning, business development, operations, leadership development, and executive coaching for senior executives.

In 1991, he began his entrepreneurial pursuits, first serving as the chief financial officer for several private and public companies, including Cambridge NeuroScience, BioSepra, and Genome Therapeutics, and then was CEO of Differential Proteomics.

Before beginning his entrepreneurial pursuits in 1991, he was CFO of General Cinema Theatres. He held financial management positions at Becton Dickinson, including responsibility for all external reporting, annual report preparation, and audit responsibilities. Mr. Holberton was the lead company representative for Becton’s $390 million exchangeable bond offering, the most significant underwriting in history. This underwriting was a milestone in corporate financing. With that experience, he raised more than $100 million in debt and equity for public and private companies.

Coaching and Advisory Services

Since 1996, he has enjoyed additional coaching and business advisory services, focusing on senior-level coaching for individuals and organizations requiring leadership development. In 2012, he became affiliated with Vistage International and currently runs successful CEO, KEY Executive, and Emerging Leader Peer Advisory Boards.

From 1997 to 2017, Phil was an award-winning adjunct professor at Brandeis University (Organizational Leadership and Decision-Making; Professional Communications and IT Strategy: Organizational Strategy). Today he is a member of its Advisory Board. Philanthropically, he served as the vice-chair of MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s Executive Board and was past president of the Financial Executives Institute’s Boston Chapter of 1,000 financial officers.

Educational Background

Mr. Holberton holds an AB in liberal arts from Franklin and Marshall College.
Mr. Holberton is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He graduated from the Center for Creative Leadership’s officer-level executive leadership development program and Levinson Institutes’ On Leadership program. He also attained a Certificate from Harvard Business School for its program —Managing the IT Function.


Phil Holberton’s mission is simple:

To maximize you and your organization’s potential.
Potential is distinct for each of us—often, we do not reach our capacities. Phil will help you reach your peak through individual coaching and peer advisory boards. Phil approaches his work by dealing with the complete individual. It is not just about the business or the person – they go together.

So goes the individual, so goes the business. We all aspire to grow.

Set the Tone for a Successful Career

Set the Tone for a Successful Career

Interested in maximizing your leadership potential? Phil Holberton offers a growing library of free resources to help you do so.


The 12-Step Journey Toward Enlightenment

Phil’s 12-step white paper detailing how to hone your skills, approach and vision in order to become a leader.

Your First 90 Days

Phil’s essay about the most important period of your employment: your first 90 days.

Phil Holberton’s Success Wheel

This is a graphical tool and simple exercise to help you take control of your life.

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