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Florian Budde

Senior Partner, Frankfurt
Serves as a global knowledge leader of the Chemicals Practice and helps clients execute functional-excellence programs and develop strategies that improve share performance and increase organizational effectiveness


Florian is the global knowledge leader of our Chemicals Practice, and he led the practice globally and in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for many years. Since joining McKinsey, he has supported companies on projects related to strategy, organization, merger and acquisition, and functional excellence. Florian has broad experience in the chemical industry, having served clients in the petrochemical, commodity, and specialty chemical sectors, including technical polymers, fibers, and inorganics. In addition to his work with chemical companies, he has advised clients in the oil and gas, utility, and pharmaceutical industries. Based in Frankfurt, he supports companies all over Europe and the Middle East, and he has worked with clients in Asia, Brazil, and the United States.

Among his extensive client work, Florian recently supported a European specialty-chemical company on a significant performance-improvement program, a major acquisition, and a functional-excellence program. He also recently helped a leading petrochemical company in the Middle East with a major profitability-improvement program.

Published work

The state of the chemical industry—it is getting more complex,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

India’s chemical industry: Unleashing the next wave of growth,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

The next big thing? Quantum computing’s potential impact on chemicals,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Chemicals 2025: Will the industry be dancing to a very different tune?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

Chemicals’ changing competitive landscape,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2011

Value Creation: Strategies for the Chemical Industry, Wiley-VCH, 2006

Past experience

Postdoctoral fellow


Free University of Berlin
PhD, chemistry

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
MA, chemistry