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Rich Lesser

President & Chief Executive Officer

New York

The challenge of any organization is to not only have the boldness to grow but to also have the persistence when it matters most.

Rich Lesser
President & Chief Executive Officer

Rich Lesser has served as president and chief executive officer of The Boston Consulting Group since January 2013. Rich has also served on BCG's Executive Committee since 2006.

In his role, Rich has continued BCG's global expansion, including the opening of eight new offices since early 2013 and enhancement of new capabilities in large-scale change, big data, and digital transformation (BCG now has 85 offices in 48 countries). In January 2014, under Rich's leadership, BCG launched BCG Digital Ventures, an innovation, product development, and commercialization business that partners with clients to rapidly create and advance digital products and platforms.

Previously, Rich served as BCG’s chairman for North and South America from 2009 to 2012 and as head of the New York Metro office system from 2000 to 2009. He is also a member of the BCG Henderson Institute's Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG.

Since joining BCG in 1988, Rich's client work has focused on innovation, strategy, and large-scale transformation in the health care and consumer sectors. This includes major successes in redirecting corporate and business unit objectives, improving R&D effectiveness, streamlining organizations, boosting productivity, and managing postmerger integration.

Rich frequently speaks on emerging markets, digital transformation, and the global economy at international executive gatherings, including the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He is a member of several leading organizations, such as the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, and the Business Roundtable.

In 2013, Rich coedited the BCG book Own the Future: 50 Ways to Win from The Boston Consulting Group, in celebration of BCG's 50th anniversary.

Prior to joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health care industry, with particular experience in the biopharma sector
  • Digital innovation
  • Large-scale transformation and productivity improvement
  • Value management
  • Corporate vision and objectives development
  • Postmerger integration
  • New globalization challenges

Honors and Awards


  • MBA, with high distinction, Harvard Business School
  • BSE, chemical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan
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