David Bovet

Managing Partner

Mr. Bovet is the Managing Partner of New Harbor Consultants, a management consulting firm located near Boston. He focuses on helping clients translate their vision into practical results. David brings 30 years of supply chain experience across a range of industries, from high-tech manufacturing to transportation and distribution. Projects focus on strategic direction, market positioning, operational improvement and hands-on implementation.

He offers fact-based recommendations and works with clients to realize tangible benefits.

  • Strategy: Developing new strategic direction, working with senior management teams, for clients in manufacturing, logistics and transport.
  • Operations: Delivering improved cost effectiveness and service, based on advanced analytics and execution support, for clients in multiple industries.
  • Market research: Conducting research to support new market entry or new service offers, in logistics an outsourced business services.
  • Due diligence: For strategic and financial investors, conducting market, competitor and customer research to identify investment risks and growth opportunities.
  • Senior counsel: Supporting C-suite executives with ongoing counsel on management challenges, from setting strategy to tightening operations and reinvigorating teams.
  • Interim leadership: Serving as interim chief supply chain officer to implement consulting recommendation.
  • Litigation support: Providing expert research, reports and testimony in complex business, technical and regulatory disputes.

David leads projects in supply chain management, from logistics planning and execution to manufacturing, purchasing and outsourcing. Assignments typically deliver short-term savings that help fund medium-term transformation.

Mr. Bovet is co-author of Value Nets: Breaking the Supply Chain to Unlock Hidden Profits (Wiley & Sons, 2000). David also speaks widely at logistics events and writes about operations in publications such as Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Supply Chain Management Review, and Inside Supply Management.

Prior to forming New Harbor, David was a Partner at Norbridge, Inc., and a Managing Director of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), where he co-led the supply chain team, based in Boston and Paris. Earlier, Mr. Bovet was an economist at The World Bank, managing part of the Brazil lending program. He also served as a US Coast Guard officer, conducting research on commercial vessel safety.

David received his MBA with highest honors, and an MA in economics, from Stanford. He holds a BS in naval architecture and marine engineering from Webb Institute (currently on the Board of Trustees) and an MS in ocean engineering from George Washington University. He holds dual US and Swiss citizenship.