David brings over 20 years of expertise to his role as leader of McKinsey’s global Pharmaceutical Operations Practice. He helps clients in the biopharmaceutical and medical products sectors pursue operational transformations that spur innovation and open new market opportunities by improving quality, service, safety, cost, and culture.
Biopharmaceutical and medical products companies are facing both cost pressure and greater demands in terms of regulatory oversight, quality and service. Executives face increasing pressure to improve their operational effectiveness and efficiency. David helps clients take a broad view of the potential to implement lean operations principles, directing efforts to streamline manufacturing processes, reduce supply chain complexity, manage inventory, improve quality and compliance, and restructure non-core operations to create greater agility and reduce costs.
Examples of his work include:
- leading a supply chain redesign effort for a large pharmaceutical company that reduced risk exposure, lowered costs, and delivered higher supply assurance
- helping a global client in the biopharma sector better address quality standards and regulatory requirements; the effort improved speed-to-market and broadened access to its products
- conducting a plant diagnostics across the network of a large pharmaco that reduced operating costs across manufacturing and quality, increased labor and asset efficiency, and lowered levels of waste
- guiding a network performance transformation—based on six sigma principles—for a pharmaceutical company; the effort resulted in better coordination between suppliers, manufacturing plants, and distribution partners
Strongly interested in emerging developments in biopharma operations, David is an active author, contributor, and editor of journal articles and thought pieces. Before joining McKinsey, he worked in advanced technology firms, where he supervised engineering teams, and managed the technical development of R&D products.