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Curt Mueller

Senior Partner, Chicago

Serves clients on supply-chain transformation, including delivering cost reductions, creating value, increasing operating and manufacturing efficiency, and improving supply-chain performance


Curt focuses on supply-chain transformation for consumer clients. He has also worked across industries to deliver cost reductions, create value, increase operating and manufacturing efficiency, and improve supply-chain performance.

Examples of his work include:

  • directing a large-scale cross-functional and multi-business-unit transformation of a leading consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) company, unlocking over $300 million in operating-income benefit to fuel growth through supply-chain optimization, footprint redesign, distribution network, vertical-integration strategy, go-to-market strategy, post-event analysis tool, trade-promotion effectiveness tool, optimization of general and administrative (G&A) functions, indirect sourcing, and commodity strategy
  • developing long-term competitive position and strategy for a major CPG company, resulting in over $50 million in cost reduction, 15 percent improved service, and 20 percent quicker innovation through supply-chain redesign
  • building the distribution and go-to-market strategy for a global consumer-products company, driving 12 percent revenue growth through alternative distribution channels and offerings enabled by supply-chain redesign
  • leading a three-way merger of global consumer-goods companies owned by two private-equity firms, enabling $100 million of value through manufacturing consolidation, supply-chain scale, G&A optimization, outsourcing, and product rationalization

Published work

Effectively implementing President Biden’s supply-chain review,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

US food supply chain: Disruptions and implications from COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Simpler is (sometimes) better: Managing complexity in consumer goods,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

Past experience

Booz & Co.
Vice president and partner

Process engineer and launch manager

Ingersoll-Dresser Pump
Engineer; project manager


University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

University of Michigan BSME
mechanical engineering