Hans-Paul Bürkner

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Hans-Paul Bürkner
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President and CEO, The Boston Consulting Group
In office
Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group
In office
2012 – Present
Personal details
Born 1952
Varel, Germany
Alma mater University of Bochum
Yale University
University of Oxford

Hans-Paul Bürkner (*1952 in Varel, Germany) is the former President and CEO of The Boston Consulting Group (2004-2012). He is currently Chairman at BCG.[1] He was the first European to be president and CEO of the company.[2]


He began his career in corporate finance at Commerzbank and joined BCG, then predominantly a US consulting firm, in 1981. He was a member of the team that opened BCG’s Düsseldorf (1982) and Frankfurt (1991) offices. He credited much of his inspiration and business approach to Tom Lewis, a principal at the firm at the time.[3] Before becoming the firm’s first CEO from Europe, he was head of BCG’s global Financial Services practice and was a Senior Vice President in the firm.

Since his election by BCG’s partners to the office of CEO, under his leadership, BCG has grown from 2,600 consultants to 6,200 presently. He was re-elected to the office in 2009, taking his tenure to December 2012. He has since opened seven new offices around the world and grown the size of the firm’s partner group by more than 60%.[4]

Bürkner has studied numerous subjects, including economics, business administration, and Chinese, at various universities. He has received a diploma from the University of Bochum, an M.A. from Yale University, and a D.Phil. from St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford between 1978 and 1981, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.[5]

Today he is based in both Frankfurt and New York City, and travels extensively among BCG’s 78[6] offices around the world.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Bürkner was recognized as one of the Top 25 Consultants making an impact on clients and within his own firm by Consulting Magazine in 2003.[7]

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  1. ^ "BCG.com". Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Hans Paul Burkner". EuropeanCEO.com. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hans Paul Burkner". EuropeanCEO.com. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hans Paul Burkner". EuropeanCEO.com. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Donald Markwell, "Instincts to Lead": On Leadership, Peace, and Education, Connor Court: Australia, 2013
  6. ^ "BCG.com". Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Consultingmag.com". Retrieved 2013-03-06.