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Rainer Strack

Senior Partner & Managing Director


People & Organization

Rainer Strack on Creating People Advantage

Rainer Strack is the global leader of the human resources topic at The Boston Consulting Group. He has been the head of BCG's People & Organization practice in Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for ten years, and he leads BCG's Social Impact practice in Germany.

Rainer became a Fellow in 2008. His research topic is the concept of people advantage, which deals with the ability of companies to generate competitive advantage through people management strategies.

In 2014, he presented a TED talk on how to solve the impending workforce of 2030 as part of a series of talks curated by TED and BCG. Rainer has authored numerous articles on such topics as HR controlling and people business in 2005 and on demographic risk management and strategic workforce planning in 2008, both published in the Harvard Business Review. He was a member of the Global Agenda Council for talent mobility of the World Economic Forum and presented twice on this topic in Davos. 

Since joining BCG in 1994, Rainer has led a wide range of projects on strategy, process optimization, culture, organization, transformation, change, talent, and human resources management. His expertise lies in the automotive, banking, consumer goods, energy, health care, industrial goods, insurance, public, social impact, and technology and telecommunications sectors. 

Prior to joining BCG, Rainer worked as a research assistant for RWTH Aachen University.

Areas of Expertise

  • HR function excellence/HR transformation
  • Align people and business strategy
  • Strategic workforce planning
  • Talent management
  • HR function excellence
  • Postmerger integration and organization design

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Professor, Witten Herdecke University
  • Erich Gutenberg Award
  • Borchers Award
  • The German National Merit Foundation


  • PhD, natural sciences, RWTH Aachen University
  • MA, natural sciences, RWTH Aachen University
  • MA, economics, RWTH Aachen University
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