Joining BCG has been the most important decision ever in my career – and one of the best! It was a difficult one, too, as it meant moving away from a prestigious corporation where I was pursuing a successful career. It also meant I had to take a step back from my responsibilities, in order to re-orient myself and develop new skills. But my aspiration for growth down a different path was strong, and I made the leap. There was nothing taken for granted: I was challenged hard, and I learned to see things differently, which was my objective.
Today, as a partner, I continue to have a varied and exciting spectrum of work and experiences. I am privileged to work with extremely talented teams on a daily basis, both with colleagues and clients.
Prior to joining BCG, Marc was a partner for the consulting arm of a Big 4 firm where he led their “Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals” practice.
Marc graduated from Solvay Business School (Belgium), and holds a Master’s in tax management from the University of Brussels.
He is also an alumnus of the Institute for Pharmaceutical Business Management (IFB) in Ghent.
My first experience at BCG was a one-month internship. From day one, I was part of the team. I was impressed by the great support I received from my mentor and coach, who answered all my questions. What struck me most, however, was the engagement of all team members going the extra mile to make change happen at the client.
Now, as an associate, I am still impressed by the reach of my work. I attend meetings with top executives of a financial company, discussing different ways to improve their organization structure. It is very rewarding afterwards to see how this organization is changing effectively.
Karolien had a BCG internship in 2006 and joined as an associate in 2007.
She obtained a commercial engineering degree Summa Cum Laude from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
I had been at BCG for several years when I had my first child, a daughter, in 2006. Thanks to BCG’s commitment to its people, I have flexible working options. I now work from home and find that I am still as productive as my BCG peers. And the fact that I spend time at home did not delay my promotion from project leader to principal.
The attitude BCG shows toward balancing work and home life has made it easy for me to stay all these years. I have been able to keep my career on track while also starting a family. BCG’s commitment to work life balance and its generous benefits for families are part of what makes the firm unique—and a wonderful workplace for women.
Cherry obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with first-class honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Chicago.
Cherry joined the Hong Kong office in March 2000.