BCG promotes Monika Saunders to managing director and partner

22 May 2024 2 min. read
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Global strategy consulting firm Boston Consulting Group has elevated Melbourne-based Monika Saunders to managing director and partner.

An operational transformation specialist, Monika Saunders has been with the consulting firm since 2009, starting her career with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Germany before transferring down under with the firm in 2015.

She follows end-of-year promotions Whitney Merchant and Stephen Hosie in rising to managing director and partner, while others with an Australian consulting background have also once again been promoted abroad.

BCG promotes Monika Saunders to managing director and partner

Now a doctorate-holder in business model innovation from the Luiss Guido Carli university in Italy, Saunders originally joined BCG in Hamburg on the back of a finance masters from Cambridge, before then getting a taste of Australian life as a visiting PhD student to UNSW.

She has since carved out a niche in Sydney, including as a leader of local diversity initiatives.

“Monika is a valued member of our Operations and Industrial Goods practices, bringing a wealth of operations expertise and a passion for delivering outcomes for our clients,” stated Grant McCabe, who took over as regional leader at the start of last year. “Thank you for your commitment and your care for our clients and our people: we are very excited to welcome you to the partnership.”

A recent BCG profile puff described Saunders as enjoying time with her family and indulging in “various activities such as horseback riding, sailing, scuba diving, and cooking.” When asked about her job, she stated, “Operations is where you work with incredibly passionate people on solving the most difficult problems to keep making companies and the world go round.”

Meanwhile, outside of Australia, Tim Leach has been promoted to managing director and partner in the UK. Leach completed a mechanical engineering and commerce double at Monash (since then complemented by a Harvard MBA) before joining the firm in Melbourne as an associate in 2010. In a reverse of Saunders, he then went to work in Germany, before rejoining the consultancy in London in 2015.