Managing Director & Partner, Helsinki
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Roope empowers and inspires others.
I'll never forget the e-mail I got from the head of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world after a successful engagement: ‘CONGRATULATIONS - you have moved the world!’
I originally joined BCG because I wanted to work in a dynamic environment and have a steep learning curve. The fact that this has held true is probably one of the main reasons I am still with the company, but I also continue to be impressed by the impact we have with our clients.
I have worked with many different clients, particularly in the financial industries sector, helping them transform their business, find new ways of thinking and pilot new approaches to changing environments. Still, one of my all-time favorite engagements was with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. Together we developed a suggestion for a new type of approach that would have significant positive impact in some of the poorest countries. I will never forget the e-mail from the head of that organization when our pilot got the green light: "CONGRATULATIONS - you have moved the world!"
Roope started his career at BCG in Finland and has worked for long periods of time in Denmark and New York—the latter as part of BCG's Ambassador program. Currently Roope leads the Financial Institutions practice in Finland. He holds a master's degree in organization and management, as well as the international CEMS Master in International Management.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: The cliché is that there is no typical day, and that is partly true. But if I should take a stab at it, it would be a combination of discussions with clients, framing analysis with my team, distilling insights and debating the implications, planning and story-lining an upcoming meeting, and coaching colleagues.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: After the first half-year, I walked out of a meeting with the division CFO of a stock-listed company, one of the largest in the country. I had taken the meeting one-on-one, and when I walked out I realized I hadn't even felt nervous. Holding that kind of a discussion felt so natural after only half a year, and that made me realize I had really grown a great deal in those few months. I have now been with BCG for several years, and I still feel that the same development has continued. Every six months or so, I've been able to look back and again be surprised by how much I've learned.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: I will name three: being part of the senior team leading a huge change program at a leading Nordic company in Copenhagen, and seeing the positive impact from the work; a year in New York as part of our Ambassador program; and supporting one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world with a top-priority project together with the G20 countries. This last engagement took me to Rome, Ethiopia, and New York.