|Born||November 22, 1937
|Occupation||Honorary Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants|
|Board member of||Selection: Fresenius SE, Blackstone Group (Advisory), INSEAD (Advisory), Deutsche Bank (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. 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.
Furthermore, Berger is a founding partner of London-based RiverRock European Capital Partners (formerly BLM Partners) which he established with Florian Lahnstein, Gero Wendenburg and Jason Carley. The controversial Thomas Middelhoff left the firm in November 2010. In November 2012 Michel Péretié, former CEO of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Société Générale until January 2012, joined RiverRock.
He is also Chairman Germany on the International Advisory Board of Blackstone Group and serves as a member of the Advisory Council of INSEAD. He is also a member of the supervisory board of the pharmaceuticals and healthcare company Fresenius SE.
- 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.
- , Roland Berger Strategy Consultants website
- 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.
- Jack Ewing (October 29, 2001). "Germany: The power behind the power". BusinessWeek.
- Nathaniel C. Nash (October 30, 1995). "New Rules on Ownership for German TV". New York Times.
- 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.
- Profile of Roland Berger, Roland Berger Foundation. website
- Middelhoff leaves BLM Partners, BLM Partners press release
- , Michel Péretié joins RiverRock
- , INSEAD website
- Fresenius SE Supervisory Board, Fresenius SE, among others. website
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