CEO, Boston Consulting Group
Rich Lesser is CEO of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and has served in this role since 2013. Under his leadership, BCG has continued its strong global growth across all regions and practices, fueled by investments in new offices, digital and analytics, and capabilities to drive innovation and transformation. Rich oversaw the launch of BCG Digital Ventures, a builder and accelerator of digital businesses; BCG GAMMA, a cutting-edge advanced analytics, machine-learning and AI team; BCG TURN, a rapid performance acceleration unit; and more recently, the BCG Center for Climate & Sustainability.
Rich also serves as chief advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, is on the board of directors of the Business Roundtable where he leads the CEO COVID-19 recovery task force, and is a member of several leading organizations, such as the WEF’s International Business Council. He has accelerated BCG’s strong investments in social impact through its long-standing partnerships, including the World Food Programme, Save the Children, and the World Wildlife Fund, along with many global health and environment initiatives.
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. Since joining BCG in 1988, Rich’s client work has focused on strategy, operations, leadership, and large-scale transformation.
Prior to joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, where he now serves on the Leadership Advisory Board.