About Naufal

With over two decades of business and high-tech experience, Naufal is driven by a desire to help companies leapfrog to digital leaders. He has made a career of working with retail, public sector, and transportation clients to unlock digital capabilities—leading to new services, products, operating models, and customer-facing campaigns.

A global leader of McKinsey’s digital organization and IT strategy and organization segments, Naufal works closely with C-level executives and management teams, counseling them on strategic and operational issues critical for business success.

He provides strategic vision and hands-on expertise in driving and accelerating end-to-end digital transformations by thinking innovatively about digital strategy, business-IT collaboration, and overall technology organization, delivery, operations, and management.

For example, Naufal helped a global retailer accelerate the rollout and adoption of digital products across thousands of stores through a revamped digital delivery model. The effort allowed the company to quickly leverage input from across geographies and save time and money by prioritizing the highest-impact opportunities. He also led an end-to-end technology-enabled transformation of a public-sector organization’s administrative functions, resulting in more than $300 million in annualized benefits.

A recognized thought leader on the business potential of disruptive technology, Naufal has published extensively on digital and IT organization and the evolving role of the CIO and the IT function.

Before joining McKinsey, Naufal held senior leadership roles at two software firms, where he led teams dedicated to design, R&D, product management, pre- and postsales engineering, and professional services.

Published work

How digital is changing leadership roles and responsibilities,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

Partnering to shape the future—IT’s new imperative,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

Why CIOs should be business-strategy partners,” McKinsey & Company, February 2015

IT under pressure: McKinsey Global Survey results,” McKinsey & Company, March 2014

Winning the battle for technology talent,” McKinsey & Company, May 2012

Past experience

Styron, VP of engineering
Halcyon Software, VP of engineering

Education

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
MBA, management, strategy, entrepreneurship

University of California, Berkeley
BS, electrical engineering, computer science