g us add many partners every year and retain the
ose/culture is super special. And then of course the
le—self-less, hard-working, smart folks that I en-
eaming with every day.”
uring the last five years, as BCG has invested in
business models and Digital businesses, Simpson
played a critical role in developing those models,
orting investments, and working with the firm’s
ners to expand and integrate new capabilities into
e has also more recently taken responsibility for the
al Functions Leadership Team, helping to guide the
er evolution of BCG’s operations.
eek out the interesting and challenging work. The
will fall away as you prove you can take on the
things,” she says. That’s the best advice she says
ever received, and now she’s passing it on—both
eory and in practice.
2019, Simpson will transition out of the CFO role
12 years to fully focus on guiding BCG’s business
ions, leading over 5,000 colleagues. This team aspires
ive increasing value in the business, increase its digi-
pabilities, and provide great support and thought-part-
ip to BCG teams worldwide. She will also continue
oles on BCG’s Operating Committee, M&A Commit-
Digital Ventures and Formation Boards for BCG.
s far as advice she would give to a female consult-
ust beginning her career? Simpson says: “Learn from
y, but choose a style and way of serving your clients,
ing, and developing people that is your own.” That has
served her well over the years, for sure.
Beyond work, Simpson has focused on her family—
husband Lee and children Eric, Christopher, and Lucy.
She also enjoys time on beloved sports, such as tennis,
paddle, skiing, golf, soccer and more as well as her pas-
sion for the Red Sox. She also enjoys music and hiking,
as well as bringing her capability to charitable and other
causes, including managing a charitable fund she started
with her husband in 2015.
As for a lifetime of lessons, Simpson says she’s cer-
tainly got a few but is quick to point out that she is no-
where near the end of her career. Despite receiving this
Lifetime Achievement Award from Consulting maga-
zine, Simpson is adamant that she will go on longer—
and perhaps a lot longer—at BCG. “I’m no where near
finished yet, so this award is a bit misleading,” she says.
“I sort of feel like I’m right in the middle of my career,
to be honest. I still have an awful lot left to do.”
And who could possibly doubt her?
What does winning
e Women Leaders in
onsulting award mean
SIMPSON: “It is special for the 5000-plus non-client service folks at
BCG. This group (and I am sure at other professional services firms),
are unsung heroes and create a huge imprint on the culture, operations,
and success of the firms. So, I stand here for them!”