About Varun

Varun leads McKinsey’s manufacturing work in the Americas, as well as our efforts to improve the performance of global portfolio companies in the Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice. Since joining McKinsey, in 1998, he has used his organizational, commercial, operational, manufacturing, and supply-chain expertise to help industrial companies thrive, particularly in the private-equity and aerospace sectors. Varun has led corporate-wide transformations for a range of industrial and private-equity portfolio businesses, often helping to accelerate comprehensive turnaround efforts.

Building on extensive experience guiding due diligence efforts on behalf of principal investors, Varun leads our efforts to consolidate best practices in integrated transformations. He also helps companies create value quickly from newly acquired businesses by crafting 100-day plans.

Examples of his work include the following:

  • driving multi functional (e.g., pricing, design-to-value, Lean, sales effectiveness) transformations for a number of private-equity portfolio companies to increase profitability
  • overseeing a multiyear global cost-savings initiative across functions and programs for a major aerospace company
  • retooling a major oil company's organization to better align it with strategic objectives and operational priorities

Varun began his McKinsey career in our Johannesburg office and transferred to the San Francisco office in 2001. He serves on the leadership council of Tipping Point, a Bay Area organization that screens local nonprofits and then supports their efforts to educate, employ, house, and otherwise assist people in need.

Published work

Excellence in cost management: A new era for aerospace,” McKinsey & Company, August 2013 (PDF–793 KB)

Education

University of Cambridge
BA, MEng, manufacturing engineering