About Erik

Erik is a leader in our Strategy Practice in the Americas and directs our work in innovation globally. He is one of the firm’s foremost experts on matters related to innovation and its critical components, including innovation strategy, new-product development, business-model creation, open innovation, culture change, and R&D management. He also has extensive expertise in marketing, having led many projects around the world focused on marketing strategy, brand building, marketing organization design, and capability building.

Previously based in Shanghai, Erik works with Asia-based companies as well as leading multinational corporations. He serves clients in a range of industries across both Asia and North America—including high tech, telecommunications, consumer goods, and retail.

In 2004, Erik coauthored Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change, which introduced a set of tools for companies to use in setting innovation strategy, pursuing disruptive innovation, and managing complex innovation systems. He is the author of several articles on R&D and innovation, as well as on the unique challenges facing China.

Prior to joining McKinsey in 2000, Erik was part of the team that created OnStar, the in-vehicle security and communication system. He was also Chief Innovation Officer at LG where, among other successfully commercialized digital experiences, he led the effort to design LG's award-winning Smart TV interface.

Published work

The eight essentials of innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015

China's innovation engine picks up speed,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2013

A CEO's guide to innovation in China,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2012

Innovating in China's automotive market: An interview with GM China's president,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2012

Three snapshots of Chinese innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2012

Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change, Harvard Business Press Books, 2004

Past experience

LG
Chief Innovation Officer

OnStar
Head of marketing and product development

Marketing Corporation of America
Consultant

Education

Harvard Business School
MBA

Middlebury College
BA, international politics, economics