Managing Director & Senior Partner
Jan Friese is a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Industrial Goods and Corporate Development practices. He is also a member of BCG's Center for Digital in Industrials.
Since joining BCG in 2003, Jan has worked extensively with clients in the chemicals sector. He led several digital transformation projects and helped chemical clients develop new digital business models. In addition, he focuses his work on portfolio strategy, marketing and sales, merger management and organizational transformation topics. His engagements have covered operational improvement and commercial excellence programs, and he has supported numerous due diligence projects and transactions in specialty chemicals.
Among his client projects, Jan has led a digital transformation for a global specialty chemical player, several postmerger integrations for specialty chemical companies and multiple organizational transformations in different chemical segments. In addition to his client work, he has authored a number of publications, both for BCG and industry organizations.
Companies that rethink and reform their outbound distribution networks gain new sources of revenues, greater sustainability, a more resilient supply chain, and significant competitive advantages over slower-moving rivals.
In recent years, the industry has dabbled in artificial intelligence applications, with disappointing results. But as companies look to the postpandemic future, AI’s time has arrived.
Leading chemical companies are generating substantial benefits—including increased growth, efficiency, and customer satisfaction—from supply chain excellence and a strong customer orientation.
Western chemical companies are starting to produce the industry’s best shareholder returns thanks to feedstock advantages in North America and significantly improved operating performance in Europe.