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“One quality sets apart successful companies and successful executives: high-performance leadership. 


Developing great leaders, and supporting their work, is our unique focus.”

Ken Banta

Founder and Principal

The Vanguard Network


The Vanguard Network helps senior leaders transform themselves and their organizations by building high-performance leadership.

For Companies

The Vanguard Network supports senior executives as they build high-performance organizations and take their leadership, and their teams, to higher levels. We also help top leaders develop a meaningful sense of purpose and culture that will deliver results for their organization — and catalyze change when needed.


We work across sectors, including deep experience in healthcare and tech. We have special expertise in supporting leaders as they drive change or transformation, and as they take on new roles or responsibilities.

For Leaders

The Vanguard Network is a by-invitation organization for senior leaders.  It includes the hallmark Vanguard Forums.


The Network and its Forums support current and future top leaders through leadership learning and dialogue — with their peers and with  expert faculty, including CEOs and board members.  The Network includes live and virtual events, digital thought leadership materials, and Vanguard Connect, the private leadership learning and networking platform.


Members of the Vanguard Network are drawn from a diverse and growing array of sectors and top leadership roles across North America and Europe.

Ken Banta and the Vanguard Team

The Vanguard Network’s founder and principal is Ken Banta. Ken helped to lead the transformational turnarounds of Pharmacia, Schering-Plough, and Bausch + Lomb, with a focus on building strong leadership and dynamic new cultures. This work, and related work by Ken and his seasoned team with other companies across biotech, tech, and biopharma, give Vanguard exceptional capabilities to help build top-level leadership, and drive organizational change.