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Rich Lesser

President & Chief Executive Officer

New York

The challenge of any organization is to not only have the boldness to grow but to also have the persistence when it matters most.

Rich Lesser
President & Chief Executive Officer

Rich Lesser is President and CEO of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has offices in New York and Beijing and has served as CEO since January 2013.

Under his leadership, BCG has continued its strong global growth across all regions and practices, fueled by investments in new offices, digital and analytics, and capabilities to drive innovation and transformation. Rich oversaw the launch of BCG Digital Ventures, a global corporate investment and incubation firm; BCG Gamma, a cutting-edge advanced analytics and machine learning team; and BCG TURN, a turnaround, restructuring, and transformation unit. BCG has also opened eight new offices since early 2013, expanding its presence to 50 countries.

Rich is a member of several leading organizations, such as the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and the US Business Roundtable. He has also sustained BCG’s strong investments in social impact through its many partnerships, including the World Food Programme, Save the Children, Teach for All, and WWF.

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. 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. In 2009, Consulting Magazine named him one of the industry's Top 25 most influential consultants.

Prior to joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble. He received an MBA 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health care industry, with particular experience in the biopharma sector
  • Digital innovation
  • Large-scale transformation and productivity improvement
  • Value management
  • Corporate vision and objectives development
  • Postmerger integration
  • New globalization challenges

Honors and Awards

Education

  • MBA, with high distinction, Harvard Business School
  • BSE, chemical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan
Experts
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