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Rich Lesser is president and chief executive officer of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is based in New York and Beijing and has served as CEO since January 2013, following his election in May 2012.
In his role, Rich has continued BCG's global expansion, opening four new offices since early 2013, and enhanced BCG’s capabilities in large-scale change, Big Data, and digital transformation. In January 2014, he launched BCG Digital Ventures, an innovation, product development, and commercialization business that partners with clients to rapidly create and advance digital products and platforms.
In his first year at the helm, Rich spent significant time in China and visited 35 countries, engaging senior leaders in the public and private sectors. In September 2013, he helped establish the BCG China Academy, a platform for building core business skills, sharing knowledge, and cultivating leaders at both local and multinational companies in China.
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 has also served on BCG's Executive Committee since 2006.
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. In 2009, Consulting magazine named him one of the industry's Top 25 most influential consultants.
Rich speaks frequently on emerging markets, digital strategy, and the global economy at international executive gatherings, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and The Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
In 2013, he coedited the book Own the Future: 50 Ways to Win from The Boston Consulting Group, in celebration of BCG’s fiftieth anniversary. To read additional publications authored by Rich, please visit bcgperspectives.com.
Before joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble. He earned an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BSE in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. A native of Pittsburgh, he is married with three children.