At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Pieter finds clarity in a complex world.
To me, the power of the LGBT network—which I've been a part of since my early days at BCG—is that it connected me to a wide variety of people from different cohorts across the world, it taught me the value of diversity, and it showed me the impact leaders with a vision can have.
I'm a theoretical physicist by training, and I get energized from digging deep into a problem and really understanding the underlying drivers. Starting at BCG was a giant step into the unknown for me, but the decision couldn't have been better. I've learned so much about how the world works, and I have been surprised many times about how a team of smart young people can come up with new solutions that make a real difference.
It's hard for me to summarize the many different experiences I’ve had at BCG. From working on projects in London, Paris, Milan, and Melbourne to pursuing an MBA in Chicago and setting up a start-up in Boston, it's been a fascinating ride. I'm particularly proud of the vision BCG has developed in the area of value-based health care, which led me to specialize in the exciting world of health care.
Pieter holds a master’s degree in theoretical physics from the University of Utrecht and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. At BCG, he specializes in the innovative field of value-based health care, as he strongly believes it will transform the health care system to deliver much better quality to the population at lower cost.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG has offered me an incredibly rich set of experiences over the years. Besides the many trainings and mentoring lessons, an MBA, and a secondment, it's especially the sheer mix of client projects, including pro-bono work, which has taught me how to solve problems, manage projects, deal with diverse people, and much, much more.
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: I'm involved with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) network at BCG, which is a global network. It has taught me the importance of an inclusive culture, the value of diversity in teams, and what we are able to achieve as a global company. LGBT rights, and norms, are very different across the world, and such a network can play a strong role in stimulating an open and inclusive culture at BCG and send an important message to the work environment.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like most is the freedom we have when looking for ways to solve the challenges our clients face. Often, there are a myriad of routes we could take, and by putting our heads together as a team, we'll come up with creative, hypothesis-driven solutions that will bring us closer to solving the issue at hand.