About Bill

Bill coleads McKinsey’s advanced industries work in the Asia-Pacific region, which is comprised of clients in electronics, semiconductors, and aerospace & defence, and leads McKinsey’s Advanced Electronics practice in the region. He founded McKinsey’s Design Lab in Taipei, which focuses on generating detailed value- and cost-driven insights into clean technology and consumer electronics. Bill recently led McKinsey’s acquisition of QuantumBlack, a premier data science company based in London.

With deep expertise in semiconductors, electronic components, contract manufacturing, and clean technology, Bill most often advises clients on topics related to operations, performance transformation, and strategy.

Examples of his recent work include:

  • supporting a photovoltaic-system provider in transforming its procurement function and using design-to-value and “clean sheet” techniques to help the client minimize cost and maximize energy output for commercial and utility scale installations
  • assisting a leading semiconductor manufacturer with a lean performance transformation that encompassed wafer-fabrication facilities, final manufacturing facilities, maintenance services, product design, and capital-equipment procurement functions
  • evaluating and planning the capture of cost synergies resulting from a joint venture between a TFT-LCD (thin film transistor liquid crystal display manufacturer and a solar company
  • benchmarking the operational performance of more than 60 wafer fabs and 25 assembly-and-test facilities

Before joining McKinsey in 2001, Bill designed mixed-signal integrated circuits for IBM. Prior to this role, Bill spent more than six years with the United States Navy, serving as a special-warfare officer and leading several elite, 16-member special-forces units of SEAL Team 5 in Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South Korea.

Published work

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

Straight talk about big data,” McKinsey & Company, August 2016

Infrastructure and economic development: An interview with John Rice,” McKinsey & Company, August 2015

How semiconductor companies can get better at managing software development,” McKinsey & Company, September 2014

“Creating value through M&A and divestiture,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2012 (PDF–532 KB)

“Will analog be as good tomorrow as it was yesterday?” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2011

“The evolution of business models in a disrupted value chain,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2011

Past experience

IBM
Mixed-signal integrated-circuit design engineer

US Navy
SEAL Team 5, platoon commander

US Navy
Special-warfare officer

Education

Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
MBA

North Carolina State University
MS, electrical engineering

US Naval Academy
BS, systems engineering