Our executives embody the principles that have guided The Advisory Board Company since its inception and lead by example to strengthen our unique culture. Meet the team to learn more about the leaders who are working to transform health care and higher education.

Robert Musslewhite

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Robert serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Advisory Board Company. Since joining the firm in 2003 he has served in several roles, including setting the growth strategy for the company and general management of the firm's portfolio of software-based products.

Robert became chief executive officer in 2008, and since that time, The Advisory Board Company has seen explosive growth, become the market leader in health care analytics, received numerous accolades, and provided $1 million annually in benefit to non-profit organizations through the Community Impact program.

Robert was named a 2013 “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, one of the "Power 100" in the Washington Business Journal in 2013, won the 2012 Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Business Services in Greater Washington, and was profiled in the New York Times.

Prior to joining The Advisory Board Company, he was an associate principal in the Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, and Dallas offices of McKinsey & Company, where he served a range of clients across the consumer products and other industries and was a co-leader of McKinsey’s Pricing Center. Robert holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in economics from Princeton University.

David Felsenthal


David serves as president of The Advisory Board Company. Having first joined the firm in 1992, he previously served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer and has also held roles in both new product development and research.

David holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University. He formerly served as director of business development and special assistant to the CEO/CFO at Vivra Specialty Partners, a private health care services and technology firm.

Mary Van Hoose

Mary Van Hoose

Chief Talent Officer

Mary first joined us in 1991 and has overseen Career Management since 2000. She is responsible for executive and staff recruitment and development, as well as oversight of the firm’s employee benefit and training programs.

Previously Mary served as a research analyst focusing on certain clinical best practices for hospitals and health care providers. Mary received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

Michael Kirschbaum

Michael Kirshbaum

Chief Financial Officer

Michael joined The Advisory Board Company in 1998 and became the chief financial officer in February 2006 and treasurer in March 2007. Prior to his current role, Michael held a variety of positions across the finance group, most recently serving as senior director of finance, where he was responsible for most finance operations, including the overall financial strategy and budgeting process, as well as a number of other accounting functions. Michael has a bachelor of science in economics from Duke University.