Boston Consulting Group boss cancels speech after watersports accident: report
A Boston Consulting Group bigwig and former adviser to President Trump has been jailed in a Bali hospital instead of delivering a scheduled speech on clean energy in Australia after breaking nine ribs while vacationing in the Pacific paradise South, according to a report Thursday.
Rich Lesser, global chairman of the consulting giant, was among dozens of speakers scheduled to discuss the development of clean energy technologies. at the two-day Sydney Energy Forum.
Instead, Lesser’s appearance was dropped after the 60-year-old broke nine ribs while wakeboarding or waterskiing during a family getaway to Bali, The Australian reported.
He remains at a local hospital while he recovers from his injuries, according to the report. Ant Roediger, managing partner of the Australian branch of BCG, stepped in to deliver the speech.
A BCG spokesperson confirmed the frightening accident in a statement to the outlet, noting that Lesser was “in good spirits, receiving the best care in Bali and being supported by BCG offices in Sydney and Jakarta.”
The Post has contacted BCG for further comment.
Lesser transitioned to his role as BCG’s global chairman after serving as its CEO from 2013 to 2021, according to the company’s website. A green energy advocate, he is also a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders.
In 2016, Lesser was a member of former President Donald Trump’s Strategy and Policy Forum, an advisory group of business leaders.
Other notable speakers at the Sydney Energy Forum included Biden administration energy secretary Jennifer Granholm and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.