Advises clients in the aerospace, rail, machinery, and infrastructure sectors on digital transformations, operational strategy, and performance improvement. Leads the Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice in Western Europe, and co-leads the Operations Practice.

About Gernot

A native of Germany, Gernot has worked out of Munich and Cleveland. He currently leads the Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice in Western Europe. He has served clients in various industry sectors, with most of his recent work focused on digital transformations, operational strategy, and performance improvement in the aerospace, rail, machinery, and transportation industries.

Gernot has served clients in over 20 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and many of Gernot’s projects are international in nature. His recent work includes an analysis of the strategic implications of digitization in the construction equipment industry and the establishment of  a capability center for the application of 5D BIM technology. Other projects include:

  • a turnaround program for a leading rail OEM
  • an airport infrastructure assessment to inform an aircraft portfolio strategy
  • the optimization of airline operations at a major airport
  • the turnaround of critical projects for a global helicopter manufacturer.

He has also supported lean transformations at aerospace, automotive and telecom companies.

Before joining McKinsey in 1993, he spent five years as a scientific researcher in the field of applied laser diagnostics in combustion engineering, working under international government contracts and for leading automotive and aerospace companies.

Published work

How innovation is reshaping Europe’s urban environment,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

Navigating the digital future: The disruption of capital projects,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Twin-track training,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2013

Capability building in China,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2012

Global production: A handbook for strategy and implementation,” Springer, February 2008

“Unternehmen Lean,” (German edition “Journey to Lean”), Campus, February 2005

Optical measurements: techniques and applications,” Springer, September 2001

Past experience

University of Technology Munich
Scientific researcher


Technical University of Munich
PhD, mechanical engineering

Technical University of Munich
MSc, aeronautical engineering

University of Kaiserslautern
BS, mechanical engineering