Project Leader, Brussels
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Philippe has the courage to take action.
BCG draws out the best from me and brings a new challenge every day. Since I joined six years ago, BCG has been a fantastic catalyst for my personal growth and development.
As a medical student, and later on as a young doctor, I grew more and more interested in health care systems organization and hospital management. I knew I wanted to have an impact at a broader level in health care, and BCG helped me to do that.
At BCG, I have worked with hospitals, and biopharma, biotech, and medtech companies across three continents, on a topics ranging from pure strategy to turnaround, M&A, and large transformation programs.
The diversity of projects, valuable international exposure, proximity to industry leaders and executives, and strong internal emphasis on personal development make BCG a truly unique place to thrive. And I couldn’t imagine a better place to fulfill my aspirations of impact and leadership.
Philippe graduated summa cum laude as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louvain. He also holds an MBA from Stanford.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The diversity of people, projects, and opportunities. On my last project, I worked with an ex-MMA (mixed martial arts) champion from Nigeria and a PhD in ancient Greek from Russia. Together, we tackled strategic issues for a health care client in London. I don’t know any place outside BCG where this would be possible.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: All the people I met during the recruiting process seemed smarter than me and at the same time very humble and friendly. I was thrilled to get to work with them and learn from them.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: The same principles that help me building my professional career also help me keeping it balanced: focus, flexibility, and open communication. Focus on my personal priorities; flexibility in my schedule and organization; and open communication to make sure my personal needs are heard.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: The emphasis on personal development and dedication that all BCGers show to help me succeed. At MBA application crunch time, I had one consultant friend reviewing my essays at night, and one senior partner doing calls with me over the weekend to coach me. This speaks volumes about the BCG spirit.
Q: Tell us about a moment when you challenged the 'status quo.'
A: I had a client willing to hire us to help them close a deal. We won the proposal because we suggested a very different approach. We thought the client was going to walk away. We challenged the status quo and stuck to our values. And in the end, we built an incredible bond of trust with this client.