Draws on 25 years experience working with leading-edge manufacturers to help clients develop successful strategies and achieve operational excellence

About Stefan

Stefan leads McKinsey's Sustainability Practice in the Americas and has global responsibility for helping McKinsey consultants develop sustainability expertise. He works with clients globally, including multiple recent projects in North America, Brazil, Germany and China.

As a former leader of the Automotive & Assembly Practice—and lead partner in the firm's Detroit office—Stefan's client work centers on the automotive, aerospace and advanced electronics sectors. In Clean Tech, he has deep expertise in automotive and water technologies and is leading the development of a Green Model Factory with the University of Michigan.

Stefan has led performance improvement/turnaround programs for clients including automotive and truck OEMs, component suppliers, construction and agricultural equipment manufacturers, financial institutions and logistic providers. He has also led major design-to-cost/design-to-value programs for core products in the automotive, aerospace, construction equipment, and transportation industries.

Among recent research initiatives, Stefan led a McKinsey-wide project to assess the future technical and economic viability of electrical vehicles (EVs), covering the full EV value chain from batteries to recharging infrastructure. He also helped lead a major collaboration between McKinsey and the city governments of New York, Paris, and Shanghai to understand the market demand, growth potential, and infrastructure requirements for EVs in megacities.

Published work

Making electric vehicles profitable,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

The road to seamless urban mobility,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2019

Charging ahead: Understanding the electric-vehicle infrastructure challenge,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

The potential impact of electric vehicles on global energy systems,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

The future(s) of mobility: How cities can benefit,” McKinsey & Company, June 2017

An integrated perspective on the future of mobility,” McKinsey & Company, October 2016

Solar power: Darkest before dawn,”McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, Summer 2012 (PDF–2.54 MB)

The fast lane to the adoption of electric cars,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2011

Electrifying cars: How three industries will evolve,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2009

Roads toward a low-carbon future: Reducing CO2 emissions from passenger vehicles in the global road transportation system,” McKinsey, March 2009 (PDF–723 KB)


Henley Management College

Technical University, Berlin
Masters in mechnical engineering