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Christoph Glatzel

Senior PartnerCologne

Works globally with business-to-consumer clients, including consumer-goods and retail companies, on transforming performance by focusing on operations, digital, and supply-chain-management challenges and opportunities. Leads the Supply Chain Management Practice in Europe and co-leads it globally.

Christoph joined McKinsey in 1998. He supports large operations transformations in consumer-facing industries (especially for retail, consumer-packaged-goods, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical companies) globally. Since joining the firm, Christoph has had a particular focus on supply-chain management and is now the leader of our work in supply-chain management in Europe.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • leading the digital transformation of the operations function of a global consumer-goods company
  • optimizing the end-to-end supply chain of a global retailer, including online operations
  • designing digitized integrated planning for a leading global consumer-goods company
  • restructuring the supply chain of a leading telecom operator, with best-practice impact in cost and inventory
  • delivering a digital and advanced-analytics diagnostic, strategy, platform, and road map for a large vertical apparel retailer

Published work

The secret to smarter fresh-food replenishment? Machine learning,” McKinsey, November 2016

Three ways CEOs can improve the supply chain,” McKinsey, November 2014

“Excellence in supply chain management,” McKinsey & Company, October 2014 (PDF - 11.6MB)

Is your top team undermining your supply chain?,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2011


Witten/Herdecke University
PhD, finance

University of Cologne
MA, finance, tax, and accounting

CEMS (formerly the Community of European Management Schools)
Global Alliance in Management Education