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Christian Behrends

Advises software and private-equity portfolio companies about transformation, strategy, and due diligence programs

Christian is a partner in McKinsey’s software sector as well as our Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, focusing on change management and corporate strategy.

He has deep experience in advising software companies and private-equity groups investing in the software industry. His expertise includes go-to-market strategies, customer success, and product engineering.

Christian has previously managed transformation programs for leading software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) businesses, redesigned operating models for major B2B software companies, and led many due diligence efforts on software and tech assets. He has worked extensively with large US-based and Chinese technology companies, leading transformation offices and coaching chief technology officers on change management.

Before joining McKinsey, he worked for another management consultancy, and in banking.


Reversal of fortune: How European software can play to its strengths,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

From pure investor to entrepreneurial owner: How private-equity firms can master the shift,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019


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Esade Ramon Llull University
MS, finance

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
BS, economics