Bill Klimack


Bill Klimack, a principal consultant, has over 35 years of experience in bringing clarity to tough decisions, most recently leading Chevron’s 200-member decision analysis group—the largest DA group in the world. A retired US Army colonel, he served on the faculty of West Point for four years.

Dr. Klimack has led decision quality engagements for the US federal government and in the energy, pharmaceutical, and non-profit sectors. He is an expert in developing organizational capability in decision making and was a member of the team at Chevron when Chevron received the Raiffa-Howard Award for Organizational Decision Quality and the INFORMS Prize for effective integration of advanced analytics and operations research/management sciences.

At Chevron, Dr. Klimack spent six years as Chevron’s decision analysis job family manager, leading the 200-member decision analysis job family in 15 countries and supporting investments of up to $42 billion annually. Prior to that, he was an internal decision analysis consultant at Chevron, working on Gulf of Mexico deepwater projects.

At the US Military Academy at West Point, he was director of the Operations Research (OR) and Systems Engineering programs, the OR consulting center, and head of the Department of Systems Engineering.

Dr. Klimack is a past president of the Society of Decision Professionals and a former vice president for the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He chaired the INFORMS 2010 Business Analytics Conference and the 6,000-participant annual meeting in 2017. In additional to the Raiffa-Howard Award and INFORMS Prize, he has received the Decision Analysis Society Practice Award. He is a member of three university academic department advisory boards and the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Decision Analysis.

Dr. Klimack has a BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, a MS in applied mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, a MMAS from the US Army Command and Staff College, and a PhD in operations research from the US Air Force Institute of Technology.