SOURCE: The Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group

June 17, 2011 08:30 ET

Experts From The Boston Consulting Group to Lead Task Forces and Speak on the Business Outlook at the New York Forum

Business Summit on June 20-21 Aims to Craft Actionable Solutions to the Challenges Facing the Global Economy, Including Job Growth and Capturing Emerging-Market Opportunities

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), one of the world's leading management consulting firms, will play a major role at the New York Forum early next week, facilitating five interactive "task forces" and providing two of its top executives as featured speakers.

The second annual gathering of the New York Forum, to be held on June 20 and 21, will bring together more than 500 business leaders, sovereign-fund managers, policy makers, and academics for a series of discussions aimed at crafting solutions to the global economy's most pressing issues. The Forum will submit an action plan to the Group of 20 (G-20) at its meeting in Cannes, France, in November.

"We are thrilled to be so involved in this event and to be facilitating the five task forces, where many of the recommendations for action will be developed," said Rich Lesser, BCG's chairman of North and South America. "The Forum is a unique opportunity for us to share our commitment to growth, especially in the current environment, based on our work with clients on strategy, organization, and change management."

The five task forces that BCG will be leading will be small, highly interactive discussions focused on seizing growth opportunities and managing through uncertainty. The output will be a set of concrete, practical steps for leaders and others to take back to their organizations for implementation.

Michel Frédeau, a BCG senior partner who will be helping lead one of the task forces, noted, "The task forces are cross-industry and cross-geography, with senior executives from corporations, governments, and finance participating. Challenges such as growth, business model innovation, and talent development cannot be solved in silos."

The five parallel sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 10:45am-12:45pm, and will cover the following topics:

1. Finding growth in uncertain times: scenario planning 2.0
Led by Luc de Brabandere, partner, and Alan Iny, topic specialist

2. Changing the game: revealing the art of business model innovation
Led by Martin Reeves, senior partner, and Zhenya Lindgardt, partner

3. Emerging-market cities: navigating and winning the world's largest growth opportunity
Led by David Michael, senior partner and global leader of BCG's Global Advantage practice

4. The business of aging: why changing demographics cannot be ignored
Led by Sharon Marcil, senior partner and leader of BCG's Consumer practice in the Americas

5. Breaking the rules: using talent for leadership and growth
Led by J. Puckett, senior partner and leader of BCG's Organization practice in the Americas, and Michael Shanahan, senior partner

In addition, two of BCG's top executives will be featured speakers:

Rich Lesser, chairman of North and South America, will speak on a panel titled "The Economic Balancing Act" on the current business environment from about 9:15-10:15am on Monday. Later that day, the firm's president and CEO, Hans-Paul Bürkner, will speak on a panel titled "Does Geography Matter" on leading a global organization from 2:15-3:20pm.

The New York Forum was founded by Richard Attias, chairman of Richard Attias & Associates, who for more than a decade produced the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos and has organized and managed a number of high-profile global conferences, including the Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates and the Clinton Global Initiative.

"The task forces were conceived to ensure that all participants will have an active role in crafting solutions to the world's leading economic challenges," said Attias. "We're delighted that The Boston Consulting Group has joined us to help design and implement this vision."

BCG joined the event as a strategic partner in the spring of 2010 and has helped shape the overall content agenda of both summits. For more information about The New York Forum, visit

For more information on BCG's participation or to request an interview with a BCG expert, please contact Dave Fondiller at 212 446 3257 or

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About the New York Forum

The New York Forum is the brainchild of Richard Attias & Associates, the world's top community builder for the "thinking elite" and which has developed some of the most influential gatherings of global leaders in the last 20 years including the World Economic Forum in Davos; the Clinton Global Initiative; Nobel Laureates Conference; the Middle East Peace Summit in Jordan; the Dalian Economic Summit in China; and the signature of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Marrakech.