Rami Karjian, Principal

Rami spent his childhood in the Middle East, growing up in Lebanon and then moving around the GCC during the height of the Lebanese war. He attended Northwestern University, where he met his wife, and graduated with degrees in Computer Science and Economics. He started his career with Procter & Gamble, based out of both Switzerland and the global HQ in Cincinnati, Ohio. After a few years with P&G, Rami returned to school, receiving an MBA with highest honors from University of Virginia (Darden).

After business school, Rami joined McKinsey & Co. to focus on Operations. His passion was to support his clients (CEOs/Boards of Fortune 500 companies and Private Equity firms) in creating dramatic improvements in profitable growth by launching new businesses and driving operational turnarounds. He started this work based in the US, and then moved to Asia to lead the Firm’s Operations business in the region. Initially based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Rami had the opportunity to work in Operations improvement programs with healthcare, telecom, airline, high-tech, and financial services companies across Asia. Over the course of almost a decade in Asia, he and his family enjoyed learning the cultures and language, while enjoying the warm hospitality by living in Seoul (S. Korea), Singapore, and Taipei (Taiwan).

Rami returned to the US during the 2007/2008 financial crisis to work with US and Global Financial institutions on adapting their operations and strategies to the dramatic changes occurring. Still with McKinsey & Co., he was responsible for building the Financial Services Operations & Technology practice, working with his clients to build new services businesses (e.g., new retirement offerings for a leading asset manager), transforming global operations (across 100,000 global operations staff in 70 countries), and formulating technology strategies (e.g., Cloud strategy for the largest US-based bank). While supporting his clients with techniques from Lean Manufacturing best practices, he published and was lead editor for “Lean in Financial Services” and had extensive speaking engagement at top industry forums.

After countless consulting engagements across the globe spanning over a hundred companies, Rami wanted the challenge of taking on an operating role and personally put into practice what he had been advising his clients for many years. He joined Flextronics, a $30B Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing services and end-to-end supply chain solutions provider with more than 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. As President of Flextronics’ Global Services & Software business he was responsible for a business of 15,000 employees with operations in 25 sites across the Americas, Europe, and Asia focusing on forward logistics/distribution and reverse logistics/repairs and spare parts, enabled by leading-edge software solutions.

In 2013, inspired by their passion and track record of positive change through seminal events, Rami joined Intersection partners Rich Rakowski, Andy Lipman, Stephen Garchik, and Steve Terry.

Rami loves travelling, is an avid snowboarder, occasional marathon runner, and certified single-engine pilot.

contact: rkarjian@intersectionpartners.com