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Dr. Raj Varadarajan joined Boston Consulting Group in 1998. He leads the firm’s overall recruitment efforts for North America. Raj has worked with large global organizations on all elements of large-scale change—starting with detailed review of strategic direction, then helping clients focus on the areas that drive shareholder value, and moving into rigorous organizational and operational change programs. He has assisted companies in many industries, including airlines; telecommunications; wireless; semiconductor; computer hardware and software; professional services; engineering, procurement, and construction; and industrial goods.

Raj is a core member of BCG's Technology Media & Telecom, Travel & Tourism, and People & Organization practices and has deep expertise in these areas.

Raj holds more than 15 US patents. Before joining BCG, he was a manager of corporate research and development for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY. At GE, Raj worked with businesses around the world—in sectors including plastics, lighting, appliances, and aircraft engines—and was responsible for leading worldwide R&D efforts and strategic international R&D alliances.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leads recruitment for North America
  • Large-scale organization change
  • Global advantage
  • Airlines
  • Telecommunications and wireless
  • EPC and professional services
  • Computer hardware and software


  • ScD, chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (doctoral research done jointly with Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule in Zurich)
  • MSc, chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS, chemical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

  • Best undergraduate student (Indian Institute of Technology) and incoming graduate student (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • GE Corporate Audit Staff Award for innovation and impact
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