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Derrick Kiker


Helps clients across sectors develop industry-leading product and service offerings to drive growth and improve margins

Derrick leads McKinsey’s product development work in Asia–Pacific. Since joining the firm, he has worked with clients to create better product and service offerings across a range of industries, including medical technologies, industrial equipment, and consumer goods. Combining a background in design and engineering with extensive operations experience, Derrick helps oversee efforts to enable transformative product innovation that supports clients’ business and growth strategies. Prior to transitioning to the firm’s Tokyo office, he helped establish the McKinsey Design Practice globally as the CEO of LUNAR.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • establishing a consumer-packaged-goods client’s new innovation process, including building an internal incubator and developing a first wave of products expected to generate $300 million in incremental revenues
  • creating a medical-device manufacturer’s new product-development operating model, which balances internal and external resources to optimize productivity and reduce time to market
  • institutionalizing a design-based productivity program tasked with relaunching 70 percent of an industrial client’s product portfolio over three years to generate $450 million in margin gains and drive improvements in user experience
  •  enabling a technology company to optimize entry to a new product market by evaluating acquisition options versus organic development of the a product portfolio

Passionate about the role design can play in transforming industries, Derrick speaks frequently on a range of topics that touch on the integration of design and business thinking.

Published work

Lifting the design potential of Japanese companies,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Japan’s design imperative,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022


Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design
MA, design

University of Oklahoma
BS, engineering physics