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.
Hans-Paul Bürkner was president and chief executive officer from 2004 through 2012. He joined the firm in 1981 and was a member of the teams that opened BCG's Düsseldorf (1982) and Frankfurt (1991) offices. Before becoming the firm's first chief executive officer from Europe, he was head of BCG's global Financial Institutions practice.
Over more than 30 years at BCG, he has counted among his clients many of the world's leading financial institutions. He has worked with them to redefine the competitive landscapes in their segments, spearheaded major global expansion initiatives, and helped them create innovative new business models in their various activities.
Hans-Paul studied economics, business administration, and Chinese, receiving a Diplom from the University of Bochum, an MA from Yale University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Today he is based in both Frankfurt and New York, and travels extensively among BCG's global offices
Joe is a senior partner and managing director. He joined BCG in 1988 in Boston, and he also worked in the Melbourne office before cofounding the Washington office in 1996.
Joe leads the firm’s Public Sector practice for the Americas region, and he has extensive experience redesigning government agencies and their processes. Joe's recognition as one of Consulting magazine's Top 25 Consultants in 2011 was specifically for "excellence in public sector."He has also presented a TED talk on bringing the biggest American football game to San Francisco, "Passing the Super Bowl," which is part of a series of talks curated by TED and BCG.
He is also a member of the Consumer and Retail practice and the Operations practice. His retail and consumer experience spans a wide range of operational and strategic topics, including corporate strategy, competitive position analysis, customer segmentation, and target marketing strategies.
Joe holds a BA in economics from Whitman College, and he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Before BCG, he worked for six years at Procter & Gamble in sales and marketing.
Jeanie joined BCG as a partner in 1988. Before BCG, she owned her own consulting firm in Minneapolis, advising a wide variety of businesses ranging from health care firms to large manufacturing companies and financial service firms.
Jeanie is a world-renowned expert on change management and has more than 30 years of experience working with organizations in transition. Her focus has always been on the human side of change, working to ensure desired outcomes are achieved with least friction and disruption possible, in the shortest amount of time.
Jeanie is the best-selling author of The Change Monster: The Human Forces that Fuel or Foil Corporate Transformation and Change. She has published numerous articles for The Harvard Business Review and for BCG.
Jeanie has taught at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and the Pratt Institute in New York, where she earned her master’s degree. She retired from BCG in July 2008.
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.
Ivan joined BCG in 1987 and is a senior partner in the Madrid office. He is the global leader of firm's Energy practice and is also an active member of the Industrial Goods and Organization practices. He previously served as worldwide topic leader for talent advantage in the Organization practice.
Ivan is an expert in helping CEOs transform their companies by defining the change agenda and assisting in the transformation. He has worked with numerous companies in the power, gas, oil, and sustainable development sectors, and with industrial goods clients in related industries to develop their strategic visions and support the implementation. He has also advised governments and regulators in different countries on issues related to energy regulation and sustainable development.
Ivan sits on the advisory boards of several foundations, companies, and educational institutions. He is a frequent speaker on organizational and energy issues and has authored a book on strategic planning as well as numerous articles on organization topics. He has a PhD summa cum laude in business administration from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Antonella is a member of the worldwide Technology, Media, and Telecom and Marketing and Sales practices, and she is the leader of BCG's global Media and Branding topics. She previously served on BCG's Executive Committee, European Management Team, and as head of the firm's global marketing efforts. She earned Consulting's Women Leaders in Consulting Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, in addition to being named one of the magazine's Top 25 Consultants in 2008.
For more than ten years Antonella has organized the "Brand Club," the top branding and media-focused conference for CEOs in Germany. She remains one of Europe’s most prominent business women, involved in a wide range of outside causes, including her board role at Teach for All, a global nonprofit dedicated to educational equity.
Antonella is also a co-initiator of the school project business@school and leads other BCG social impact activities, including the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and Europe's 500 – Entrepreneurs for Growth, the European association of fast-growing companies. For four years, she regularly wrote pieces for one of Austria's major daily newspapers. A selection of these essays focused on the art and science of strategy and leadership has been published in her book Acupuncture for Management.
Antonella studied business administration at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She earned her doctorate at Università degli Studi di Roma and holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
Xavier is the global leader of BCG's Automotive practice and a core member of the Industrial Goods practice. Over the years, he has helped numerous automotive companies redefine their strategies and dramatically improve operational performance in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Notably, Xavier led a BCG team that in 2009 advised President Obama’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry regarding the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. His recognition as one of Consulting magazine's Top 25 Consultants in 2012 was specifically for "excellence in client service."
Since joining BCG in 1985, Xavier has also worked extensively in the technology sector on matters of international strategy and organization, management of innovation, and e-business. Xavier holds an engineering degree from the French Ecole Nationale des Mines, and he earned a master of physics degree from Paris University and an MBA from INSEAD. Prior to joining BCG, he worked for Total Fina Elf and the French Ministry of Equipment.
Over 22 years, Ron held roles as the global leader of the Organization practice, leader of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice and chairman of North and South America. Ron works out of the Dallas office, which he opened in 1994.
Since joining BCG in 1987, Ron's focus has been telecommunications and airlines, and he has worked on major business transformations with a number of FORTUNE 50 companies. Before coming to BCG, Ron held senior positions with Babcock and Wilcox and was a United States naval officer, serving aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine and teaching nuclear engineering.
Ron received a BS in physics with honors from the United States Naval Academy, where he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Prize for outstanding engineering work. He also has an MBA from Duke University, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
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.
Michael joined BCG in 1980 and works in our Chicago office. He is the partner responsible for BCG's Client Service Initiative and is a member of the Executive Committee. Previously, he led our Consumer practice.
During his 29 years with BCG, Michael has worked with many global companies. He is an expert in consumer behavior, helping large companies improve their value propositions, and retail brands. In addition to his client work, Michael has cowritten a number of books, the most recent being The $10 Trillion Prize, which shows how companies can capitalize on the biggest growth opportunities in the global consumer business: the newly affluent consumers in China and India.
He previously wrote Women Want More, a look at the enormous opportunity represented by the rise of the "female economy", as well as Treasure Hunt which was published in 2006 and received critical acclaim. Michael's best-seller Trading Up was published in 2003 and received the Berry Prize from the American Marketing Association for the best book published on marketing. Michael has also presented a TED talk on The Future of Food as part of a series of talks curated by TED and BCG.
Before joining BCG, Michael was a reporter for United Press International. He holds an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a BA in economics and history from Brown 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
George is a Toronto-based senior advisor and one of the world’s foremost authorities on business strategy. He also serves as an adjunct professor of strategic management for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
A former member of BCG’s Strategy, Consumer, and Operations practices, George has focused his consulting career on helping companies create sustainable competitive advantage. He has advised the top management of many companies—mostly in manufacturing, technology, and consumer products—throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
George is the coauthor of numerous best-selling books on time-based competition, which have won global acclaim and recognition through awards. In the fall of 2008, he was inducted as a Fellow in the Strategic Management Society, joining BCG founder Bruce Henderson the only professional consultants in the society.
He holds a BS in engineering mechanics from the University of Michigan, an MS in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from 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.
Kaz is a senior advisor based in the Tokyo office. Since joining BCG in 1985, he has worked extensively with companies in the high tech, telecommunications, and automobile industries. His experience includes marketing strategy, new business development, and globalization strategies. He was head of BCG Japan from June 2000 to December 2004.
Since April 2006 he has also been a professor at Waseda Business School, teaching strategy and leadership.
Before joining BCG, he worked for Japan Airlines for 11 years in various roles, including long-term marketing strategy at the head office in Tokyo, passenger sales and planning in Osaka, and passenger sales in Melbourne, Australia.
Kaz holds a BS in engineering from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Keio University.
Kim joined BCG in 1994 and is a member of our Global Advantage, Health Care, Industrial Goods, Operations, Strategy, and People and Organization practices.
In 2012 she was honored as one of Consulting magazine's Women Leaders in Consulting, specifically for her work in the area of client service. Kim, who holds a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard, is a top-flight scientist and a key client-service officer who operates across multiple industries. She leads both BCG's new product development and agribusiness work and serves on the global leadership teams of our Global Advantage and Operations practices.
Before BCG, Kim was a research associate and teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School. In addition to her PhD, she holds an MS in physiology from Texas A&M, and a BS with distinction from Cornell. She and her husband own and operate a vineyard and farm winery/distillery in New York's Hudson Valley.
John is a member of the firm's Consumer and Health Care practices. He has written extensively about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China.
John holds a BS in chemical engineering with first-class honors from Imperial College in London, an MS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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