The Boston Consulting Group has hired Ulrike Schwarz-Runer as its new General Counsel, she joins from Grosvenor. Schwarz-Runer, who will be based in London, will provide legal expertise as the firm expands in, and enters new, jurisdictions.
Prior to joining The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Ulrike Schwarz-Runer was General Counsel at Grosvenor, where she also sat on its Board as an Executive Director. Previously, from 2007 to 2009, she was General Counsel and Company Secretary, as well as a Senior Vice President, at Dubai Holding – Tatweer. Earlier roles include Executive Director at Goldman Sachs; Attorney-at-Law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; and as an Assistant Judge in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.
Schwarz-Runer holds a Master of Arts in Political Science, Journalism and Public Communication from Universität Salzburg, and a Master of Law and a Doctor of Law from Universität Salzburg. In addition, she holds a Master of Laws in International Taxation from the New York University School of Law. She has held a Member of Advisory Board role for one of Europe’s richest families, as well as being a Non-Executive Director for Barclays Pension Fund.
Schwarz-Runer has been appointed by BCG to the role of Global General Counsel; in addition, she becomes a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She brings more than 20 years of legal experience to the role, including her subject matter expertise in cross-border corporate and M&A transactions, corporate governance, and legal risk management. In her new role Schwarz-Runer will support the firm as it expands within, and into, the world’s diverse jurisdiction, as well as providing insight into business critical priorities. Schwarz-Runer reports directly to BCG's CEO, Rich Lesser, who has been leading the consultancy since January 2013 (he succeeded the German Hans-Paul Bürkner).
“As we continue to grow and to expand our capabilities to support our clients in a changing business environment, I am very pleased to have Ulrike join our team,” says Lesser. “Her international background and diverse leadership experience will be key to success in our continued pursuits across industries and regions.”
“BCG is a diverse business with international reach and a very ambitious growth agenda,” says Schwarz-Runer. “I am delighted to work for a firm with such a strong brand, and look forward to playing a part in contributing to the firm's continued success.”