At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Yann finds clarity in a complex world.
At BCG, the work environment fosters trust and autonomy. This freedom leads to everyone pushing their limits and finding innovative solutions.
With a training background in the sciences, I have always been passionate about one thing: solving complex issues and trying to find a new approach. In addition, I have always been eager to pass on my knowledge to others. After my PhD in applied mathematics, I quite naturally chose teaching and research. My career seemed to be mapped out for the coming years. But I had the opportunity to discover the consulting world and worked for five years in firms specializing in supply chain issues. This was a true revelation! I apprehended the concrete impact my expertise could have and acquired a more global vision of what it could bring about.
At BCG, I learned a lot, and very quickly. I addressed different industries and strategic issues. When a senior partner told me about a project creating a virtual office, fully dedicated to data science and composed of experts from BCG's international network, I understood that the adventure was just beginning. Projects conducted by the Gamma team make use of the latest opportunities offered by the digital revolution.
Yann holds a PhD in operations research from the Paris University of Science—Pierre et Marie Curie.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: BCG's DNA is very strong. During the first months, I learned how to meet high requirements and expectations regarding efficiency, rigor, and results while adapting to more intense work. It was a challenging and rich period. We are given the means necessary to succeed and quickly discover that at BCG there is always someone to help.
Q: What does being a mentor mean to you?
A: Getting people to realize things that sometimes they don't perceive by themselves, whether they are strengths or areas for improvement, is a true responsibility. My style of mentoring is mostly based on feelings and informal exchanges. I try to pass on my interest in complex problem solving and the pleasure of discovering new issues. It is important to be in a position to speak and to dare to do so—in order to move ahead in the right direction. As a mentor, I must create an environment propitious to free speech.
Q: What opportunities are you excited about at BCG and beyond? What are your long-term career goals?
A: In the new Gamma office, we are developing an innovative offering in the field of advanced analytics and big data. It is an exciting adventure similar to the one you can enjoy within a startup, plus being able to benefit from the power and knowhow of a leading strategy consulting firm. I am very happy to be participating in it, as I am sure to both create value through this new initiative and grow on a personal level.