Dorothy Puhy, MBA

EVP & Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Puhy joined her first public board – Reebok – in 2001. Over the course of the next 20 years, she served on 2 additional public boards, Eaton Vance (an investment management firm) and Abiomed (a medical device company). Her board service for each of these public companies ended when each was acquired in very favorable transactions.

She served on the board of two major companies that are structured as non-profits – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Controlled Risk Insurance Company (CRICO) which is the captive professional liability insurance company of the Harvard related hospitals and physician groups. It has assets of over $1.5 billion.

Because of her financial background, Ms. Puhy chaired the audit committees for each of these public and private companies, and over the course of her board service participated on and/or chaired every other major standing committee (Compensation, Nom/Gov, Risk). She also served as Board Chair (BCBSMA) and Lead Independent Director (Abiomed).

While on these boards she was involved in CEO searches/transitions, acquisitions and divestitures, cybersecurity incidents, internal fraud investigations, regulatory 

and DOJ actions, whistleblower suits, intellectual property litigation and a variety of other non-routine events. She also played a significant board role in 

the negotiations that led up to the public company acquisitions. 

Currently, Ms. Puhy is phasing down her board work. She retired from the CRICO board after 25 years of service at the end of 2023. She has one final year left in her term as director at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her current focus is on smaller companies that are owned by private equity or have significant private equity backing. She now serves on two such boards. One is a small public company called MiMedx, that creates and sells advanced surgical and wound care soutions. The other is a private equity owned private company called GermFree. It sells specialized laboratory equipment into hospital and research clients.

In her professional life, Ms. Puhy spent 25 years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, first as CFO then last 12 years as COO. She retired from there in 2020. Before that, she spent 8 years as CFO of the Tufts Medical Center Hospital. Earlier, she was a consultant at Ernst and Young, and led a division in the hospital regulatory structure at the state of Massachusetts. 

Ms. Puhy has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.