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David Feber

Senior PartnerDetroit

Leads McKinsey’s work in packaging, drawing on extensive expertise to help clients grow, procure, and optimize packaging solutions

Working primarily in consumer packaged goods (CPG) and industrials, David helps direct McKinsey’s work on packaging. Within the packaging-solutions space, he serves both packaging converters and equipment companies. David’s expertise spans substrates of packaging and includes corrugate, paper, printed cartons, plastic resin (flexible, rigid, and semi-rigid), aluminum, steel, pallets, as well as closures and labels. He advises clients on issues related to growth and account management, mergers and acquisitions, organizational structure, operations and manufacturing, and marketing and sales.

Examples of David’s recent client work include the following:

  • supporting mergers and integrations for multiple packaging and industrial companies
  • advising a global paper and engineered-products manufacturer on growth—both organic and inorganic
  • performing due diligence for packaging companies in rigid, metal, and flexible categories
  • assisting a privately owned CPG company with an organizational redesign of its senior team, which included structure, governance, incentives, and efficiency
  • advising a large, private-label CPG company optimize procurement and packaging and reduce spend

Prior to rejoining McKinsey, David spent many years in industry. He served as the CEO of a publicly traded, early-stage fastening technology company. During his tenure at a global plastics packaging company, he held numerous roles, including global vice president of R&D. As a vice president and general manager, David oversaw two business units that provided packaging to the food-service, personal-care, healthcare, and spirits industries. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles in strategy, product management, sales, and marketing in the fastener and packaging industries.

David volunteers on numerous nonprofit boards in the Detroit area. In his spare time, he is a dedicated runner and triathlete. He enjoys spending time outdoors in northern Michigan during the summer.


The future of packaging,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

Published work

Filling the gap: Boosting supply of recycled materials for packaging,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Sustainability in packaging 2023: Inside the minds of global consumers,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

Sustainability in packaging: US survey insights,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Reusable packaging: Key enablers for scaling,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Sustainability in packaging: Five key levers for significant impact,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Navigating regulatory uncertainty in packaging: A new wave of chemical-substance regulations,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

Climate impact of plastics,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

Perspectives on paper and forest products in 2022: How can CEOs navigate today’s era of transformational change?,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Creating good packaging for packaged goods,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Sustainability in packaging: Global regulatory development across 30 countries,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Preparing for the flood: How packaging companies can catch the postpandemic wave of new product launches,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

True packaging sustainability: Understanding the performance trade-offs,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Wrapping up digital and analytics: Current value-creation opportunities for packaging players,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Sustainability in packaging: Consumer views in emerging Asia,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Sustainability in packaging: Inside the minds of global consumers,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Sustainability in packaging: Inside the minds of US consumers,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Beyond COVID-19: The next normal for packaging design,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Shaping the next normal of packaging beyond COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

How the packaging industry can navigate the coronavirus pandemic,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

The drive toward sustainability in packaging—beyond the quick wins,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Packaging solutions: Poised to take off?,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Winning with new models in packaging,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Past experience

Amcor Rigid Plastics
Global vice president of strategy
Global vice president of R&D
Vice president, general manager

TZ Limited

Acument Global Technologies
Vice president of strategy
Vice president of product management
VP of sales and marketing


University of Michigan
MBA, strategy and finance

Wayne State University
MS, civil engineering

Michigan State University
BS, civil engineering