About Christoph

Christoph leads McKinsey’s global work in manufacturing and is a member of the global Chemicals Practice. He serves as managing partner of our Frankfurt office and most often assists clients with operations-transformation programs, strategy development, organizational and operating model design, supply-chain management, and sourcing. He is also an expert in merger management.

Christoph’s recent project experience includes:

  • designing and deploying global production systems across all types of technologies—from network strategy via site diagnostics to shop-floor transformation and implementation
  • redesigning and implementing new operating models—from organizational models to people systems and cultural change
  • supporting clients on acquisition and integration management, from target screening all the way through to capturing synergies
  • helping commodities and specialty-chemicals companies on business-unit strategy development, including designing commodity operating systems
  • diagnosing clients for digital productivity-improvement opportunities and designing digital transformation journeys
  • applying digital, advanced analytics, and robotics—the next horizon of lean production systems

Published work

The great remake: Manufacturing for modern times,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

What to do when a specialty-chemical business gets commoditized,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

“The dirty little secret about digitally transforming operations,” Harvard Business Review, May 2016

“Squaring the circle: Growth and value creation,” McKinsey on Chemicals, Spring 2012

“A capital-markets perspective on chemical-industry performance,” McKinsey on Chemicals, Winter 2011

“Conjuring jobs from hydrocarbons wealth,” McKinsey on Chemicals, Autumn 2009


University of Bayreuth
PhD, chemistry