Chief of Staff, Copenhagen
At BCG, Pioneers have the courage to take action on unique insights. They share and activate ideas that enable our clients to gain the competitive edge. Mai-Britt empowers and inspires others.
We are all on an exceptionally steep learning curve at BCG, and it does not get flatter the more senior you become.
I came to BCG with a finance background, and I was very interested in the career opportunities that BCG could provide given the diverse industries and topics that the firm is involved in. And then, of course, there’s the very fast-paced environment and the opportunity to constantly try new things and be challenged. In addition, the people I met were the key differentiator in deciding to join BCG, as was the understanding that each individual can chart his or her own career.
What I like about my work and why I’ve stayed at BCG for more than 12 years is the impact I’ve been able to have. I like to work with the leaders of our client companies, empowering them and helping them find solutions to difficult problems and make their companies more competitive and able to win in the markets. This work gives me a lot of energy, and the end result—the value of our joint work—is highly satisfying.
Mai-Britt leads BCG’s Copenhagen office as well as Women@BCG for Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She has a BS in finance from New York University Stern School of Business, a BS in international business from Copenhagen Business School, an MSc in finance and accounting from the Copenhagen Business School, and an MSc in finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: What I have experienced throughout my career is our very strong people development system, which is implemented all over the world. We have discussions during which partners and principals review consultants—these take place regularly twice a year as well as at the end of each finalized project. This feedback mechanism has helped me tremendously—always calling out my areas of strength as well as what I need to do in order to become stronger. And that feedback system never stops—even when you become a partner. Really being open about feedback has helped me grow at BCG and has led to my leadership position in the Copenhagen office.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: BCGers have the ability to work within client and BCG teams with very high integrity and respect for the individuals. A true BCGer is a person who really values treating others with respect both on the client side and also internally. And we also value the power of teamwork, solving problems together and not alone. BCGers are tenacious and like innovative thinking. They like to challenge each other and the status quo—going deeper to get the right result.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: I have spent a lot of my BCG career outside of my home country. I’ve been working for more than a year in Sweden, and I’ve also worked in Chicago and Hong Kong. As you try out different offices, you realize that BCGers around the world share the same values and work the same way. I really appreciate traveling with clients, as well. We truly have a global footprint at BCG, which is essential if you want to operate on the global competitive stage.