Roland Berger

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Roland Berger
Born November 22, 1937
Berlin, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Honorary Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Board member of Selection:
Fresenius SE,
INSEAD (Advisory),
Miller Buckfire (Advisory)

Roland Berger (born November 22, 1937) is a German entrepreneur, consultant and philanthropist. He is the founder and honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the international strategy consulting firm Roland Berger Strategy Consultants which he established in Munich in 1967.[1][2][3][4][5] He has been a close advisor of Gerhard Schröder, beginning when Schröder was the Minister-President of Lower Saxony and continuing through his tenure as Chancellor of Germany. Berger reportedly declined an offer to become Minister of Economy in 1998 when Schröder became Chancellor because he wanted to remain independent.[3]

Berger is also the founder of the Roland Berger Foundation for Human Dignity.[6]

Furthermore, Berger is a founding partner and chairman of London-based RiverRock European Capital Partners (formerly BLM Partners) which he established with Florian Lahnstein, Gero Wendenburg and Jason Carley.[7] The controversial[according to whom?] Thomas Middelhoff left the firm in November 2010.[8] In November 2012 Michel Péretié, former CEO of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Société Générale until January 2012, joined RiverRock as partner and CEO.[9][10]

Berger serves as a member of the Advisory Council of INSEAD,[11] and as a member of the supervisory board of the pharmaceuticals and healthcare company Fresenius SE.[12]


  • Berger, Roland; Dutta, Soumitra; Raffel, Tobias; Samuels, Geoffrey (2008). Innovating at the Top: How Global CEOs Drive Innovation for Growth and Profit. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-57573-8. 


  1. ^ Expert Profile, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants official website
  2. ^ Carter Dougherty (April 9, 2005). "Consultant has politician's ears". International Herald Tribute. To ask whether Roland Berger, Germany's most important management consultant, has a political home misses the point entirely. The politicians all seem to want him in their homes - that's the point. 
  3. ^ a b Jack Ewing (October 29, 2001). "Germany: The power behind the power". BusinessWeek. 
  4. ^ Nathaniel C. Nash (October 30, 1995). "New Rules on Ownership for German TV". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Konstantin Richter (August 17, 1999). "German Consulting Guru Seeks U.S. Audience". The Wall Street Journal. A success story in Germany, Roland Berger has shown that he can make it there. But can he make it anywhere? Starting out as a one-man enterprise in 1967, the Munich-based management consultant has gradually built up an 848-consultant business that today has 31 offices across the globe. In Germany and other parts of Europe, the reputation of Mr. Berger's firm has long been on a par with U.S. strategy giants such as McKinsey & Co., Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co. Now, he wants to pick a fight in their backyard. 
  6. ^ Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management and Strategy Consulting Firms (2014 ed.). Vault. 2013. ISBN 978-1581319033. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Pritchard, Becky (20 March 2015). "RiverRock eyes first close on Italy fund". Financial News. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Middelhoff leaves BLM Partners", BLM Partners press release.[dead link]
  9. ^ Ahuja, Vivek (11 November 2014). "Lahnstein exits RiverRock". Financial News. Retrieved 2 October 2015. (subscription required (help)). Lahnstein was chief executive of the firm until November 2012 when RiverRock recruited Michel Péretié, Lahnstein's former colleague at Bear Stearns, as a partner and joint CEO. 
  10. ^ "Michel Péretié joins RiverRock", RiverRock official website.[dead link]
  11. ^ "About", INSEAD official website
  12. ^ "Fresenius SE Supervisory Board", Fresenius official website.