Partner & Managing Director, Paris
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Alexandre goes deep to understand challenges.
We work hand-in-hand with our clients to meet their challenges. Our strength is our ability to create this common dynamic. I am very grateful to our clients for the trust they put in us, without which this teamwork would be impossible.
In 2005, I was working as a telecom specialist within a start-up in VoIP technology. Fully aware that I was at a crossroads in my professional life and eager to expand my experience into other issues and industries, I joined BCG.
Very soon, the charisma of BCGers, the human dimension so present in BCG's culture, the intellectual challenge, and the wide range of assignments made me want to move forward within this global partnership. Ten years later, I have become a partner and managing director.
Learning at BCG is unquestionably demanding. On my side, it was mostly based on the continuous feedback from managers and partners, for whom talent development is a priority. I received straightforward, fair, and constructive feedback. Today, I hope I am playing this role for my teams.
As a partner, I also have a new responsibility vis-à-vis our clients: the true freedom to reflect on and anticipate the challenges they are faced with. I feed my thoughts with the invaluable resources of our multi-industry and multi-function experience, as well as my exchanges with clients and other BCGers. Day after day, in an informal manner or during global meetings on current issues for companies, these exchanges are an endless source for my reflection.
Alexandre joined the Paris office of BCG in 2005 as a senior associate. Prior to joining BCG, he worked for a telecom start-up for five years as a network architect.
Alexandre graduated from Telecom ParisTech (2000).
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: From the very first recruiting interviews. The personalities of the people who interviewed me made me want to work with them. They were extremely open, always listening to me, and highly interested by my experience within a telecom start-up.
This constructive attitude inspired immediate confidence in me, and showed me BCG’s high level of professionalism. I wanted to be part of a community that shared the same approach and values. After I was recruited, I was quickly convinced that I wanted to work as a consultant and join the partnership by becoming a partner myself.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: Learning to be a consultant has not been so easy for me. I strived to improve my analyses and approaches to meet BCG’s high quality standards. I also had to acquire some "business acumen," which my technical background had not provided me with. Fortunately, continuous feedback at BCG makes it possible to progress and develop your qualities.
I clearly remember a rather tough evaluation I received during my early years. When I had the opportunity to discuss it, I explained my ambition to carve out a career at BCG; it enabled the partner who was debriefing me to list my areas for improvement and propose a few methodological keys to go further.
The assignments that followed, and the continuous support from senior team members, enabled me to put them into action. Even today, I can still feel their effects!
Q: What does being a mentor mean to you?
A: Being a mentor means being both a role model and a trusted advisor for the person I am mentoring. The role model's objective is to inspire aspirations in terms of professional life as well as personal development. The advisor is there to help identify solutions, based on the individual context, and to inform decisions throughout the career.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: Each case experience is a new challenge, and each one includes a component that makes it your new favorite experience. Yet, one of them was particularly striking to me. When I began working at BCG, I supported a European energy utility in optimizing the maintenance of its nuclear plants.
As I said, I came from the telecom universe, so the learning curve was quite vertical! Yet, it was also a tremendous opportunity to discover a field I would have been unable to experience elsewhere.