BCG chair Hans-Paul Buerkner to speak at Forbes global CEO event in Thailand

25 September 2018 3 min. read

Former The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Chief Executive Officer and current Chairman Hans-Paul Bürkner will feature as a guest speaker at the Forbes Global CEO Conference to be held in Bangkok next month.

Bürkner, who helmed the global operations of The Boston Consulting Group as President and CEO for nearly a decade from 2004 to 2012, and currently serves as the MBB firm’s Chairman, will join with more than 50 assembled expert speakers for the annual two-day Forbes Global CEO Conference to be held in Bangkok over the 30th and 31st of October – with some 400 global CEOs, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders set to attend.

During his tenure at the very top of the consulting tree, as the first European to be elected as the CEO for the US-based firm, Bürkner oversaw a tripling in BCG revenues, along with an additional 18 offices added to the firm’s global footprint and a consultancy headcount which more than doubled. Bürkner was also responsible for establishing the firm’s Public Sector and Sustainability practices, as well as its Insurance and Marketing and Sales segments.

Now in its 18th edition, the annual Forbes Global CEO Conference will this year focus on the theme of ‘The World Reboots’, with experts and leaders gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the widespread disruption of rapidly emerging Industry 4.0 technologies, including the impact on how companies are built and led and strategies for leadership and sustainable development in the new era.BCG chair Hans-Paul Buerkner to speak at Forbes global CEO event in ThailandFittingly, Bürkner will join a panel session on ‘Leadership 4.0’, which aims to dissect the complex necessities for successful leadership in the modern digital landscape, with contemporary leaders required to ‘stay ahead, stay informed and stay focused, all at the same time’, while managing to ‘operate global, regional, national and even local spheres, finding how to connect and maximise opportunities across them.’

Moderated by Justin Doebele, Forbes Asia’s Executive Director for Content, Bürkner will be joined on the afternoon panel by a diverse trio of leaders, consisting of; Peter Moore, the current CEO of Liverpool FC and former senior executive with Microsoft and Sega; Mitch Garber, Chairman of Cirque du Soleil and Invest in Canada, and; Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO of the Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Group, one of the world’s largest conglomerates.

Bürkner will share leadership insights from his a stellar career at BCG, which began when he joined the firm in 1981, then working his way up the ladder to serve as its global head of Financial Services prior to being elected as BCG’s fifth CEO since its founding by Bruce Hendersen in 1964. In his current role as Chairman, Bürkner spends his time travelling between the 46 countries of BCG’s operations to support key clients.

“We are delighted to bring the Forbes Global CEO Conference to Thailand for the first time CEO of Forbes Media in Asia, William Adamopoulos, said of the event. “Bangkok, the hub of Thailand’s economic activity and innovation, is the ideal location to host this year’s conference where our conference attendees will discuss the opportunities and challenges arising from accelerating disruption as the world reboots.”

Recently, former India head Neeraj Aggarwal took over as the chair of BCG's Asia Pacific division.