Rich Lesser is president and chief executive officer of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is based in New York and Beijing and has served as CEO since January 2013, following his election in May 2012.
In his role, Rich has continued BCG's global expansion, opening four new offices since early 2013, and enhanced BCG’s capabilities in large-scale change, Big Data, and digital transformation. In January 2014, he launched BCG Digital Ventures, an innovation, product development, and commercialization business that partners with clients to rapidly create and advance digital products and platforms.
In his first year at the helm, Rich spent significant time in China and visited 35 countries, engaging senior leaders in the public and private sectors. In September 2013, he helped establish the BCG China Academy, a platform for building core business skills, sharing knowledge, and cultivating leaders at both local and multinational companies in China.
Previously, Rich served as BCG’s chairman for North and South America from 2009 to 2012 and as head of the New York Metro office system from 2000 to 2009. He has also served on BCG's Executive Committee since 2006.
Since joining BCG in 1988, Rich’s client work has focused on innovation, strategy, and large-scale transformation in the health care and consumer sectors. This includes major successes in redirecting corporate and business unit objectives, improving R&D effectiveness, streamlining organizations, boosting productivity, and managing postmerger integration. In 2009, Consulting magazine named him one of the industry's Top 25 most influential consultants.
Rich speaks frequently on emerging markets, digital strategy, and the global economy at international executive gatherings, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and The Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
In 2013, he coedited the book Own the Future: 50 Ways to Win from The Boston Consulting Group, in celebration of BCG’s fiftieth anniversary. To read additional publications authored by Rich, please visit bcgperspectives.com.
Before joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble. He earned an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BSE in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. A native of Pittsburgh, he is married with three children.
Jeremy is responsible for all legal and compliance matters within BCG. He leads a team of attorneys in the United States and Europe, utilizing his extensive experience advising on legal, governance, and risk-management issues within professional service firms.
Jeremy graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in law and—after a three-year break to compete for Great Britain as an international athlete—obtained his professional qualifications at Guildhall University Law School. He went on to practice internationally as a corporate lawyer in the London and Paris offices of a leading city law firm. Before BCG, Jeremy worked for ten years at the global professional services organizations Andersen and Ernst & Young, where he was European & deputy general counsel and global general counsel, respectively.
Frans is a senior partner in our Amsterdam office. He is the global leader of BCG’s Client Team, which supports client-service teams around the world in key activities such as prioritization, investment, pricing, and planning. Frans is also a member of our Financial Institutions and Insurance practices.
Since joining BCG in 1991, Frans has worked in many industries and multiple countries. Over that time, he has specialized in working for banks and insurance companies, developing growth strategies and value-management programs, as well as numerous profit-improvement programs, reorganization projects, and complete transformations. From 2005 to 2008 he was responsible for BCG's Central European and Eastern European offices.
Frans holds a BBA from the European University (Belgium and Switzerland) and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a reservist in the Royal Dutch Marine Corps. Before BCG, he worked for Staal Bankiers, a specialized private bank in The Netherlands.
Pascal is chairman of the Western Europe, South America, and Northern Africa region. He is also a core member of the Operations and Industrial Goods practices, and he was previously head of BCG's Paris-North Africa-Israel system. He has also been the European leader of the Operations practice and global leader on the Sourcing and Lean topics.
Since joining BCG in 1990, Pascal has worked on numerous strategic and operational cases focusing primarily on transformations at large industrial companies. His experience includes developing growth strategies, performance improvement plans, and global manufacturing and sourcing strategies for a variety of clients, notably in project-based industries.
Before BCG, Pascal worked for Arthur Andersen as a senior consultant in management information systems. Pascal is an engineer from Ecole des Mines de Nancy, and he holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Tawfik is a partner in our Toronto office, and he is a core member of BCG's Consumer, Corporate Development, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, and Travel and Tourism practices.
Tawfik has worked with corporate clients in Europe, North America, and Asia, helping transform their businesses. He has also served private and public institutional investors around the world. His work at BCG spans a wide range of topics, including business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, operations, and family business/governance.
Before joining BCG in 2005, Tawfik ran a project-management software company in the U.S. and worked in consulting and investment banking in France. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and international affairs from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Matt is a senior partner and managing director, and the leader of BCG's Great Lakes and Canada systems. He is also a member of the Consumer and Retail and Organization practices. Additionally, Matt serves on the Global Partner People Team and the Officer Compensation Committee, and he is chair of the Americas Officer Development Committee.
Since joining BCG in 1983, Matt has worked extensively for clients on a variety of strategy, corporate development, organization, and marketing, sales, and pricing issues including corporate/business unit and brand strategy, mergers and acquisitions, postmerger integration, restructuring, customer strategy, go-to-market, and emerging-markets strategy. His experience covers a broad range of consumer industries, including food and beverage, personal-care products, broadcast and print media, and building products.
Matt earned his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar. He received his BA in economics, cum laude, with distinction in his major, from Yale University.
Andy is a senior partner and the leader of BCG's London office. He is the global leader of BCG's Retail Banking topic, and he has worked extensively with top-tier financial institutions in the U.K., Europe, the U.S., and Japan. He also previously led BCG’s global Asset Management segment.
Andy has extensive experience in postmerger integration (PMI), sales force effectiveness, operational improvement, and organization design. He has worked on PMI projects for a number of banks and insurance companies and has also led multiple engagements on retail distribution strategy.
Before BCG, Andy was a principal at Gemini Consulting and AT Kearney. He previously worked for Lloyds Bank in U.K. retail, corporate, and international banking. Andy holds a double honors degree in computer engineering and mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.
Sharon joined BCG in 1993 and led BCG’s Consumer practice through 2012.
In addition to being named one of the "Top 25 Consultants" by Consulting magazine in 2007, Sharon received a special award for client service at the magazine's first annual Achievement Awards honoring women leaders in consulting. She led BCG’s Women's Initiative in the Americas from 2004 - 2011.
Sharon earned her MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, where she graduated with distinction. She earned her BA in economics, magna cum laude, with high honors in her major, from Duke University. Prior to joining BCG, she worked for Goldman Sachs & Co. in the mergers and acquisitions department.
Hubertus is a member of BCG's Executive Committee and the global leader of the Industrial Goods practice.
He has worked for leading global companies in the resource, engineered products, and automotive industries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. His functional expertise centers around large-scale transformation.
Hubertus holds a PhD in business administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and he earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Vaishali joined BCG in 1997 and has worked in our Singapore and India offices. She leads the Technology, Media and Telecom practice for BCG in Southeast Asia, and is the Asia-Pacific leader for Marketing and Sales. Vaishali has worked across more than 20 emerging markets and brings deep expertise in the consumer industry as well as go-to-market strategies for rapidly developing economies.
During her time at BCG Vaishali has led assignments covering strategy, business build in the new digital space, and large-scale transformations. She has experience in segmentation, retail/POS excellence, marketing effectiveness, and organization. She has also authored publications on consumer insights, behavioral trends in the digital, converged world, and the socio-economic benefits of broadband internet.
Vaishali received her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and earned her undergraduate degree from Mumbai University.
Tom is BCG's chairman of North America, a position he has held since January 2013. In 2014, Consulting magazine named him one of the industry's top 25 most influential consultants in the Leadership category.
In his role, he oversees the firm’s operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Since taking the helm, he has launched several new initiatives aimed at accelerating growth, broadening expertise, and taking client service to the next level. In addition to serving on the firm’s Executive and Operating Committees, he chairs the board of BCG Digital Ventures, an innovation, product development, and commercialization business that partners with clients to rapidly create and advance digital products and platforms.
Tom previously served as global leader of BCG’s Information Technology practice (now called the Technology Advantage practice) from 2010 to 2012. Before that, he led the IT practice in the Americas and the Operations and IT banking segment worldwide from 2007 to 2010.
In addition to North America, Tom has worked extensively in Europe, Australia, and Asia, helping clients transform their businesses and their IT functions. His work at BCG spans a wide range of topics, including business strategies, large-scale change, and risk management. He has led the integration of IT organizations in several financial-services mergers, spearheaded a major outsourcing program for a large hedge fund, and managed several IT cost-reduction programs in retail and corporate banks.
Before joining BCG, Tom was acting CIO at BT Financial Australia/New Zealand and was a relationship manager for small to medium-sized companies for Dresdner Bank AG in Germany. He earned an MBA from Indiana University and a PhD in economics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. A citizen of Germany and Australia, he is married with three children.
To read publications authored by Tom, please visit bcgperspectives.com.
Christoph Schweizer is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in The Boston Consulting Group's Munich office and currently serves as the Chairman of BCG's Global Practices. Within this role he also oversees BCG's Large-Scale Change initiatives (Transformation, Enablement, and Post-merger integration).
Christoph joined BCG Munich in late 1997 and spent the years 2008-2012 in BCG's New York office. Prior to his current role, he served as the Global Leader of the firm's Health Care Practice and continues to serve clients in this industry.
Christoph has served a broad variety of companies in the health care industry (medical equipment and devices, in-vitro diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, and clinical labs) on strategy, innovation, sales, marketing, M&A and integration.
Christoph received his degree in Business Administration from WHU Koblenz, and was awarded his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Debbie is responsible for leading BCG's global finance function and for financial matters at BCG. Before assuming her current role, Debbie was the partner responsible for tax, treasury, and finance. She has been with the firm since 2001.
Prior to joining BCG, Debbie was the PricewaterhouseCoopers lead tax partner serving BCG since 1990. At PwC, she ran the Northeast region's international tax group for several years, and she served on PwC's U.S. board of directors in 2000.
Debbie is a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management. She earned her undergraduate degree in engineering from Duke University.
Janmejaya is chairman of BCG in Asia-Pacific. His primary focus is around issues of strategy, corporate governance, risk, operations, and organization for financial services clients around the world.
Janmejaya writes regularly for the Indian press and speaks frequently on a wide variety of subjects in different industry forums such as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Banks Association (IBA). He is regularly asked to join committees formed by the Reserve Bank of India, IBA, and CII and currently is chairman of the CII Committee on Financial Inclusion and a member of the Investment Advisory Council for the State of Bihar. Janmejaya has also presented a TED talk on What's Really Happening in Emerging Markets as part of a series of talks curated by TED and BCG.
Before becoming a consultant, Janmejaya worked for ten years with the Reserve Bank of India across various departments. He has a PhD from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; a BA and an MA in economics from Clare College, Cambridge University; and a BA and an MA in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University
Paul is a partner and managing director in the Sydney office. Since joining BCG in 1998, he has worked for clients in a range of industry sectors, including travel and tourism, agribusiness, consumer goods, food services, industrial goods, financial services and telecommunications.
Paul is a core member of BCG's Travel and Tourism, People & Organization, and Operations practice areas. He is also a topic leader for BCG's Engaging for Results organization tool.
Before BCG and university, Paul worked in the agribusiness sector through his management of a family dairy-farming business. This business is still operated by his family and has grown into one of Australia's largest dairy farming operations. Paul has a bachelor's of arts and law degree from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Miki is a senior partner in the Tokyo office. From 2005 though June 2013 she led the firm's Marketing and Sales practice. She has served as global leader of the PMI topic and was also head of the Consumer practice for the New York office. Since joining BCG in Japan in 1984, she has worked with a wide range of clients, primarily in the consumer goods sectors, including home and personal care, food and beverage, and fashion and luxury.
At BCG Miki has consulted on a wide array of client issues including growth, profit enhancement, transformation, and organization redesign. In 2005 she was named one of the "Top 25 Consultants" by Consulting magazine.
Miki received her undergraduate degree in Government and East Asian studies from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and her graduate degree in business from Harvard Business School.
Christian is chairman of the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and South Africa region. He is also a member of the Financial Institutions, Global Advantage, and People and Organization practices, and he was previously chair of the Management Team for Germany and Austria.
Throughout his career, Christian has worked on and led projects on strategy, postmerger integration, organization, and transformation for financial services and capital goods companies. His experience includes working with banks and industrial conglomerates.
Christian is a certified lawyer in Germany and holds a PhD in law from the University of Bonn and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.