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Peter Tollman

Senior Partner & Managing Director


Peter Tollman on Smart Simplicity

Peter is the former leader of The Boston Consulting Group’s People & Organization practice in the Americas as well as the firm's global biopharmaceuticals sector. He became a Fellow in 2014.

Peter’s research topic focuses on organizational effectiveness to improve performance and competitiveness through an approach called Smart Simplicity. Peter's work builds on the insights gained in developing Smart Simplicity, an approach that has been tested, refined, and implemented in partnership with numerous organizations spanning regions, industries, and sectors.

With Yves Morieux, Peter coauthored the book Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated, which describes the principles of Smart Simplicity and illustrates how companies can thrive in today's complex marketplace.

Peter has worked with leading organizations around the world and across all functions of the value chain. Smart Simplicity has been used in many of these situations to enhance organizational capabilities and accelerate performance. Peter has also served as coach to many leaders—including CEOs of major corporations—during critical moments in their careers.

Peter was founding managing director of MPM Capital, a health care investment company. He sits on the board of governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance at the Hebrew University and is a trustee of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Biopharmaceuticals strategy and operational effectiveness
  • Transformation and the management of large-scale change
  • Postmerger integration
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Productivity enhancement and operational optimization
  • Leadership development


  • PhD, engineering, University of Cape Town
  • MBA, with distinction, Columbia University
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