About Alex

Alex is the learning leader for McKinsey’s global Operations Practice. As the former head of our supply-chain work, he founded the Supply Chain Analytics Group to bring advanced-analytic tools and disciplines to supply-chain data in search of bigger savings and greater efficiencies.

In his advisory work, Alex assists leading companies in a variety of sectors—including consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals companies—with the design and development of their operational processes and planning. He has extensive experience with large, global businesses and a track record of achieving substantial cost reductions and service improvements, particularly in supply-chain performance.

Implementing supply-chain solutions can be challenging when the people and processes affected span functions, organizations, and countries. Alex works to move companies from merely gaining insight to actually changing performance. By bridging organizational silos, he helps foster the cross-functional alignment required to drive measurable improvement.

Examples of his work include the following:

  • designing, prototyping, and building a supply-chain and manufacturing transformation for a global fast-moving consumer-goods leader, resulting in 20 percent inventory reduction and 12 percent increased capacity across 60 countries in 24 months
  • moving a medical-device manufacturer with unpredictable demand and volatile supply from 70 to 95 percent service, while reducing annual costs
  • designing a new portfolio of supply-chain processes for an industrial manufacturer with 40 plants across the globe, integrating them into a multi-tier manufacturing network, reducing costs by more than 10 percent, and shortening lead times by an average of 50 percent
  • redesigning end-to-end planning for a pharmaceutical distribution company; the effort improved service and reduced inventory substantially

To support the delivery of business impact through end-to-end supply-chain transformations, Alex pioneered two core transformation approaches. The McKinsey Supply Chain Transformation Engine and the Always On program offer diagnostic approaches to identify deep root causes and then define real-time metrics and aligned incentives for each participant in the supply chain to drive successful collaboration and change.

Before joining McKinsey, Alex was the founder and CEO of a software company specializing in medical-image processing. He first joined the firm in 1997 in Munich and relocated to Miami two years later.

Published work

Three ways CEOs can improve the supply chain,” McKinsey & Company, November 2014

Picking winning supply-chain technologies,” McKinsey & Company, June 2014

Building the supply chain of the future,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2011

“Freeing up cash from operations,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2008

Education

Technical University of Munich
PhD, theoretical physics