He is the seventh boss of BCG in 58 years of history, and the second in Europe at the head of the prestigious American strategy consulting firm, the Boston Consulting Group. The German Christoph Schweizer, who joined BCG in 1997 in Munich, was elected to succeed, as of October 1, the American Rich Lesser who, since 2013 and for three terms of 3 years, held the post of CEO . The future boss of BCG, elected for 4 years, was until now President of Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, covering 39 offices in 23 countries, and member of the cabinet’s executive committee since 2014. Another German , Hans-Paul Bürkner was CEO of the firm from 2004 to 2012.
Christoph Schweizer was notably leader of the BCG health practice, then from 2014 to 2017 global head of all the firm’s centers of expertise. He is “a passionate supporter of a wide range of activities with a social impact, in particular related to sustainable development and the fight against climate change,” said a statement from BCG. “Christoph is incredibly honest, humble, reliable, responsible and transparent. He deeply embodies our values ”, says of him the boss of the Paris office, Guillaume Charlin.
At the end of his three terms, Rich Lesser set the bar very high for his successor. In nine years, BCG has tripled in size, expanding its presence from 42 to 51 countries, and its workforce has more than doubled, to more than 22,000 employees. The firm’s offering has grown considerably, with the launch in 2014 of Digital Ventures, in order to develop new digital businesses, then in 2016 of BCG Gamma, the firm’s artificial intelligence entity, and again of BCG Platinion. , a true digital factory designed to support customers in accelerating digital transformation, and BrightHouse, whose teams highlight the raison d’être of companies. Rich Lesser also defined the “net zero carbon” objective for the firm in 2030.
One vote, one vote
The new boss of BCG was elected in a process where each of the roughly 1,500 CEOs and partners had an equal vote. And after two and a half months of internal discussion on the projects of the various candidates. “We entrust him with the project that we have defined together,” underlines Guillaume Charlin, while insisting that Christoph Schweizer “has always known how to build enthusiastic teams around him. “
Following on from his predecessor, the CEO of BCG does not intend to slow down the growth of the firm. The deep transformation movements underway driven by technology and ecological awareness will contribute to this, with the ability to welcome the best talents to support companies in their transformation.