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Anna Herlt

Partner, Munich
Advises companies as they seek to optimize the value of their research and development investments, particularly within the automotive industry

About Anna

Anna leads McKinsey’s development-excellence group within the Operations Practice. In this role, she seeks to enhance continually our capacity for helping companies adopt world-class development capabilities and processes.

By working with executives, Anna focuses on supporting efforts to transform research and development performance. She has especially deep experience in the automotive- and aeronautical-engineering sectors. Since joining McKinsey, she has helped leading companies capture top-line value by building stronger organizational footprints, developing strategic technology road maps, and optimizing processes for engineering excellence.

Examples of her recent client work include the following: 

  • designing a holistic performance program for a multibrand automotive company, with work focused on capturing value from cross-brand synergies
  • leading a global automotive company through the development of a power-train road map to support efficient transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles
  • advising a commercial vehicle manufacturer on building an optimized global R&D footprint
  • developing a product-cost-optimization approach, using analytics driven by big data, for an aerospace company
  • orchestrating the lean transformation of an 8,000-employee engineering organization within an automotive company
Interested in sharing insights and inspiring conversation, Anna publishes actively on engineering, innovation, and product-development topics. During her studies in engineering, she participated in a research exchange program with the laboratory of combustion engines at Chiba University in Japan.

Published Work

Innovation without borders: Meeting the promise of globalized R&D,” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

Stick to your knitting, then make the knitting stick,” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

A crucial harvest: Cultivating product-development talent,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Outsourced engineering services: From providers to collaboration partners,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Education

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
MS, industrial engineering