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Asutosh Padhi

Senior Partner, Global Practice Co-Convener, Chicago
Coleads our work in Advanced Industries on a global basis, leads our Advanced Industries in Americas, and heads up our work in the Automotive and Assembly Practice in the Americas. Helps companies with strategies related to technology and innovation, large-scale operating model redesign, and radical performance transformation.

About Asutosh

Asutosh has served high performing iconic industrial companies around functional, business unit, and enterprise transformations. These involve a combination of strategic, organizational, and operations topics. In addition to co-leading our Advanced Industries work on a global basis, he currently leads the Automotive & Assembly Practice in the Americas.

Asutosh is an expert on performance transformations that involve revenue acceleration, technology and innovation, margin and cash flow improvement, and large-scale operating model redesign. Recent projects have involved:

  • helping a global industrial company drive step change improvement in performance across corporate strategy, helping drive step change performance improvement in three of their business units, and helping develop a long term technology and innovation strategy
  • helping a global multinational corporation to drive a radical performance improvement that includes footprint changes, growth efforts, manufacturing, supply chain and procurement transformations, and dramatic simplification of their IT systems
  • helping a global automotive supplier with step change improvement in margin, growth and cash flows; this required a comprehensive redesign of every aspect of their business

Asutosh spearheaded the development of McKinsey’s global network of Design Labs, which clients can use to examine their products and those of competitors, allowing them to identify strategies for reducing costs and increasing customer value. He also led the acquisition of Lunar Design, a top notch industrial design firm. At the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, Asutosh is an Advisory Board member for the Master’s in Management and Manufacturing (MMM) program, which allows students to receive a dual master’s degree in business and engineering management.

Published work

Coronavirus: Five strategies for industrial and automotive companies,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

The future of mobility is at our doorstep,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

The new realities of premium mobility,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

For OEMs in the United States, the aftermarket is fertile ground,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Reimagining mobility: A CEO’s guide,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2019

Winning tomorrow’s car buyers using artificial intelligence in marketing and sales,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Reserve a seat—the future of mobility is arriving early,” McKinsey & Company, December 2018

How OEMs can seize the high-tech future in agriculture and construction,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

How mobility players can compete as the automotive revolution accelerates,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

R&D after the crisis: McKinsey Global Survey Results,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2011

R&D in the downturn: McKinsey Global Survey Results,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2010

Upgrading R&D in a downturn,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2009


Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Technology
BS in mechanical engineering