Rainer Strack is a Senior Partner and Managing Director at the Düsseldorf office of The Boston Consulting Group. Since joining the firm in 1994, he has led a wide range of projects on strategy, process optimization, culture, organization, transformation, change, talent and Human Resources (HR) management across all industries. From 1996 to 1998, he was based at BCG's office in Boston, USA under the auspices of the firm's Ambassador Program.
Rainer is the global leader of the HR topic at BCG, he was the head of the BCG practice area People & Organization in Europe, Middle East and Africa for more than 10 years and he leads BCG's Social Impact practice in Germany.
In 2001, he received the Erich Gutenberg Award for the development and implementation of new HR and customer controlling concepts. In 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, the journal Personalmagazin named him one of the 40 leading minds in human resources in Germany—the only member of a top consulting firm to receive this distinction.
He has authored numerous articles, such as on HR controlling and on demographic risk management and strategic workforce planning, both published in the Harvard Business Review. He was a member of the Global Agenda Council for talent mobility of the World Economic Forum and presented twice on this topic in Davos. In 2014 he gave a widely-viewed TED.com talk (more than 1.4 million views) on the topic "The Workforce Crisis of 2030 - and how to start solving it now".
Rainer holds a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in business, and a PhD in physics (summa cum laude) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. For his doctoral dissertation, he won the University’s Borchers Award. His university and PhD studies were sponsored by the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). In 2008, he was named an honorary professor at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. Rainer completed a 1.5 year long EMCC Practitioner Programme to become an executive coach.