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Eric Hannon


Leader in McKinsey’s advanced industries sustainability work, driving transformations for clients across industry sectors

Advises and serves clients across industry sectors, including automotive, industrial products, commercial vehicles, consumer products, and oil and gas. Eric’s areas of expertise include sustainability transformations such as decarbonization, future mobility, and the circular economy. He also has extensive experience in operations and product development such as advanced analytics for R&D, design to value, and large-scale performance transformations. Eric has over 20 years of consulting and industry experience.

His recent work includes the following:

  • supporting a global industrial conglomerate with increasing product and service circularity with a focus on new value creation
  • supporting a global auto OEM to revamp its sustainability strategy and set aggressive new targets
  • leading multiple projects for a major commercial vehicle OEM, creating carbon-abating strategies for downstream and upstream emissions
  • supporting the production scale up and initial customer agreements for a chemical-recycling technology company
  • helping a diversified recreational products company create a sustainability and decarbonization strategy
  • supporting a medium-duty electric vehicle truck start-up create a robust business plan and growth strategy
  • working with a global oil and gas producer to prioritize long-term strategic opportunities of sustainable mobility trends
  • leading a business strategy project for an automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturer
  • leading a market-entry strategy project for a novel new lithium-ion battery cathode material

Eric founded our Pathway to Accountability, Compassion, and Transparency (PACT) collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, supporting companies on the path to industry net zero and establishing a global platform for supply chain carbon transparency.

He also leads our support on multiple sustainable transportation programs at the World Economic Forum, and the Long Term Investment Organization, creating novel investment vehicles to create fundable sustainability projects for large institutional investors.

Published work

A new holistic view on circular value chains,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

Cloud-powered technologies for sustainability,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Shift a Podcast About Mobility: McKinsey’s Eric Hannon on the auto industry’s path to net zero,” Automotive News, May 2022

It’s not easy buying green: How to win at sustainable sourcing,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

How to scale-up investment in sustainable mobility,” World Economic Forum, September 2021

Reset: The sustainability edit,” BBC Studios, July 2021

Pandemic, parcels and public vaccination: Envisioning the next normal for the last-mile ecosystem,” World Economic Forum, McKinsey & Company, April 2021

Four ways the circular economy can help heavy industry reduce emissions,” World Economic Forum, April 2021

Forging Ahead: A materials roadmap for the zero-carbon car,” World Economic Forum, McKinsey & Company, January 2021

This surprising change can help the auto industry tackle emissions goals,” World Economic Forum, January 2021

The zero-carbon car: Abating material emissions is next on the agenda,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Rethinking last-mile logistics, post-COVID-19: Facing the ‘next normal’,” Automotive World, June 2020

Past experience

Product development


Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Oakland University
MS, electrical engineering

Michigan Technological University
BS, mechanical engineering
BS, electrical engineering