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Craig Benson

Former Governor of NH

Mr. Craig R. Benson serves  as the Chief Executive Officer at Soft Draw Investments LLC.

In 1983, he Co-founded Cabletron Systems, Inc., a leading  provider of networking solutions,  and thereafter served as its Chairman from 1983 to July 1999. During his time at Cabletron Systems, Inc., he also served at various times as CEO, COO, and  President. During his tenure Cabletron grew from a garage start up to a  company of 7000 employees with annual sales in excess of $1.6 billion dollars, launched it's IPO on the New York Stock exchange, and in 1990 the company was the highest percentage gainer of all companies on  the exchange. He and his co founder were named national entrepreneurs of  the year by Inc. Magazine and Ernst and Young, and subsequently they were  both inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.

Leaving business to help find solutions to his state's economic problems, Craig Benson ran for Governor of New Hampshire in 2002 and won by a large majority, becoming the 79th Governor of the State of New Hampshire. With his experience at the forefront of the high-technology industry, Craig Benson's campaign commitment was to use this expertise to save money on state government operations. Craig Benson successfully introduced several new initiatives to reform education, healthcare, and government operations. During his  tenure as Governor, Cato Institute recognized him as the most effective new governor  in the country as well as the second most effective of all governors  nationwide.

He serves  as Trustee of Lahey Health System, Inc. and serves as Member of Board  of Trustees at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.  He serves as the  Vice Chairman of Trustee of Babson College. He served as a Director of  Sycamore Networks Inc. from October 2007 to April 1, 2013.  He teaches courses on Entrepreneurship at Babson College since 1998. Mr. Benson graduated  from Babson College with a Degree in Finance and completed an MBA in  Operations Management from Syracuse University. He also holds honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire, and Grand Valley State University.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 18

8:30pm EST