Partner & Managing Director, Chicago
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Ryan empowers and inspires others.
The pace of personal development and business exposure at BCG is off the charts. In four short years, I went from being a graduate student with no business experience to presenting a highly impactful growth strategy to the CEO of a Fortune 50 company.
Prior to BCG, I spent ten years of my life learning about chemical engineering. When I joined BCG in 2007, I was looking to broaden my experiences and to complement my science background with a strategic, business-oriented, problem-solving capability. Only now, looking back at how well my experience has delivered on my ambitions, can I fully appreciate how fortunate I was to begin my career at BCG.
The breadth of experiences I have had over the past ten years has been remarkable—in industries as far-ranging as consumer goods, technology, and financial markets—focused on topics as broad as consumer-driven insights, supply chain transformation, and business unit strategies. The exposure to this broad set of fascinating problems, combined with the mentorship of my colleagues and BCG's robust career development process, has led to personal development and growth beyond what I thought was possible when I started at BCG as a freshly minted PhD student.
Ryan holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Ryan is a core member of the Consumer and Strategy practices. In addition to client work, he currently leads recruiting for advanced-degree candidates in North America.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Three aspects of working at BCG really stand out for me: getting to consistently work on fascinating problems that can transform the direction for our clients, the amazing breadth of experiences one can accumulate over time (whether it be different industries, topics, or clients), and the wonderful BCGers that you get to team with to deliver great outcomes for our clients.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: Over the past ten years, I have had the opportunity to work on many international projects, including a consumer-insights-grounded portfolio strategy in Brazil, a business unit strategy in China, and a sourcing project in London. Across all of the experiences, by far the most memorable, both professionally and personally, was the period of three months I spent in Sydney working with a consumer goods company. Professionally, I led a small team to set the foundation for our client's international growth ambition by identifying market archetypes based on common fundamentals. I was able to have my family join me to explore Australia over our three months on the continent!
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: I've had the opportunity to work on many impactful efforts, but there are two that truly stand out. The first was reinventing the portfolio of a large food and beverage player that had struggled for the past decade. We built a robust understanding of why consumers make their choices and then worked with our clients to make fundamental shifts to the portfolio that led to a dramatic turnaround in performance and $2 billion to $3 billion in incremental value. The second example was a turnaround strategy for an industrial goods manufacturer that was headed toward bankruptcy. We developed a deeply insightful strategy that reimagined the company’s operating model, leading to a tripling of its stock price over a two-year period.