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Enno de Boer

Senior PartnerNew Jersey

Leads the firm’s global work in digital manufacturing and collaboration with the World Economic Forum on technology adoption

Enno is the global head of the firm’s manufacturing work. He leads McKinsey’s collaboration with the World Economic Forum around technology adoption and the ecosystem required to build large-scale transformations. This partnership has also included the publication of several collaborative whitepapers, identifying the world’s leading manufacturers and their adoption of digital manufacturing technologies.

Enno serves clients on digital manufacturing strategies and transformation across many industries. He supports several Fortune 500 and small- and medium-size-enterprise clients across industries in their pursuit of competitive advantage through operational excellence. He has a passion for disruptive business models and start-ups, with a track record for innovation, business building, large scale transformations, scaling businesses, and value enhancing strategies. His industry expertise spans across pharmaceutical, medical devices, automotive, industrials and electronics, private equity, food and beverage, and fast-moving-consumer-goods.

Enno is the founder of the Innovation & Learning Centers, a network of 12 global locations that train 15,000 managers from over 300 organizations every year in the latest operations-transformation approaches.

Before joining McKinsey, Enno was a project manager at a global automotive company. He relocated to McKinsey’s New Jersey location in 2010, after spending more than ten years in the Munich office.

Published work

From AI to Impact: Capabilities powering Lighthouses’ 4IR adoption,” McKinsey & Company, June 2024

How manufacturing’s Lighthouses are capturing the full value of AI,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Adopting AI at speed and scale: The 4IR push to stay competitive,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

The continuing evolution of the Global Lighthouse Network,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

114 down, 10 million to go: The Global Lighthouse Network’s mission,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

The scaling imperative for industry 4.0,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Transforming advanced manufacturing through Industry 4.0,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Lighthouses reveal a playbook for responsible industry transformation,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

CEO dialogue: Perspectives on productivity and sustainability,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

The manufacturers lighting a path to sustainable growth,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

A manufacturer’s guide to scaling Industrial IoT,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

"The Fourth Industrial Revolution and manufacturing’s great reset,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020 

"Industry's fast mover advantage: Enterprise value from digital factories,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020 

"‘Lighthouse’ manufacturers lead the way—can the rest of the world keep up?,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing, McKinsey & Company and World Economic Forum, January 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the factories of the future,” World Economic Forum, August 10, 2018

Leadership & Organization Blog, “Avoid pilot purgatory in 7 steps,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

Operations Blog,Industrial revolution or evolution?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

The Next Economic Growth Engine: Scaling Fourth Industrial Revolution Ttechnologies in Production, McKinsey & Company and World Economic Forum, January 2018

Procurement-driven synergies in mergers: Landmine or goldmine?,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Don't let these 2 quality nightmares keep you up at night,” McKinsey & Company, December 2015

Past experience

Project manager


Dresden University of Technical 
PhD, mechanical engineering

RWTH Aachen University 
MS, mechanical engineering