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Wendell J. Knox
Wendell J. Knox
Wendell J. Knox was President and Chief Executive Officer of Abt Associates from 1992 until 2009. He joined Abt Associates in 1969 while a student at Harvard University.
Knox’s research has included work in urban and regional economic development, minority business expansion, and employment and workforce development. His commercial consulting activities have focused on strategic planning, marketing, and quality measurement assignments in the financial services, healthcare, and automotive industries.
From 1973 to 1983, he directed Abt Associates’ Urban Economics practice. In 1983, he launched the company's Business Research and Consulting practice. He led the expansion of the company in the 1990s, more than tripling annual revenues, increasing profitability, and establishing international project offices in more than 35 countries.
Knox is active in civic affairs, including past or present board memberships with Brigham and Women's Hospital, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Partnership, The Biomedical Sciences Career Program, The Efficacy Institute, the Dimock Community Foundation, and the National Association of Corporate Directors New England. He also serves on the board of Eastern Bank, The Hanover Insurance Group, and Natixis Funds, Loomis Sayles Funds and Hansberger International Series, a mutual fund complex.
Knox received a B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard University. In addition, he completed the Special Program in Urban Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.