About Harald

Harald is the leader of our Semiconductors Practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and our global convenor. He is also a leader in our High Tech and Operations Practices. Based in Frankfurt, he has extensive experience serving companies across the entire semiconductor value chain and in adjacent high-tech industries.

Harald advises clients primarily on issues related to operations, strategy, and performance transformation. Recent examples of his work include advising a global semiconductor player on post merger integration, helping a fabless player transform its R&D program, supporting a global semiconductor client in developing a program to optimize manufacturing, and working with a leading semiconductor company on its growth strategy. In addition, Harald has advised companies on the topics of technology process development, memory-chip design, and complexity management. He also leads our internal knowledge-building efforts on Future of Moore’s Law.

Harald holds a PhD in physics from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik in Heidelberg and an MS in physics from the University of Darmstadt.

Published work

Internet of Things: Opportunities and challenges for semiconductor companies,” McKinsey & Company, October 2015

The Internet of Things: Sizing up the opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, December 2014

Making connections: An industry perspective on the Internet of Things,” McKinsey & Company, December 2014

How big data and connectedconsumer products could boost the market for MEMS technology,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Number 4, Autumn 2014 (PDF–326 KB)

Moore’s law: Repeal or renewal?” McKinsey & Company, December 2013

The supercomputer in your pocket,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2012 (PDF–679 KB)

Big data and the opportunities it creates for semiconductor players,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2012 (PDF–630 KB)

Semiconductors for wireless communications,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2012 (PDF–487 KB)

“Mastering variability in complex environments,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2011

“Getting Mo(o)re out of semiconductor R&D,” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2011 

Education

Max Planck Institut for Nuclear Physics
PhD, physics

Technical University of Darmstadt
MS, physics