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David Xu

Senior Partner, Hong Kong
Advises energy and electricity companies, both in China and internationally, on strategic planning, organizing for performance, and transforming manufacturing operations

About David

David leads McKinsey's Energy & Materials Practice in China and across the Asia-Pacific region.

In his work with executives, David draws on more than 20 years of consulting and industry experience in China and abroad. He advises large energy and electricity companies, both in China and internationally, on challenges such as group strategy planning, mergers and acquisitions, asset restructuring, organization optimization, and lean manufacturing. He also advises government organizations on topics related to policy development.

David leads research initiatives seeking insights into the dynamics and future development of the energy sector, and he shares the findings on panels and in other forums.

Prior to joining McKinsey, David worked for the Schering-Plough Corporation in the US. Before that, David was an electrical engineer for the Shanghai Electronics Bureau where he and his colleagues oversaw the introduction of new products and developed business strategies.

David received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, graduating with distinction. He is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and is fluent in English.


"Is the coming shale gas revolution an opportunity or a threat to China?," McKinsey panel discussion

Published work

"Evolution of the smart grid in China," McKinsey & Company, 2010

"Renewables in China: Opportunity or threat?," McKinsey & Company, Winter 2008

Past experience


Shanghai Electronics Bureau


Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

State University of New York at Stony Brook
PhD, Vision Science

Fudan University
BS, Microelectronics