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Gernot Strube

Senior Partner, Munich
Leads the Capital Excellence Practice in Europe and coleads the Operations Practice, advising clients in the infrastructure, aerospace, rail, and machinery sectors on digital transformations, operational strategy, and performance improvement

About Gernot

A native of Germany, Gernot has worked out of Cleveland, Hong Kong, and Munich and currently leads the Capital Excellence Practice in Europe. He has served clients in more than 30 countries across various industry sectors, with recent work focused on digital transformation and operational strategy in infrastructure, aerospace, rail, machinery, and transportation. He also coleads the firm’s work in industrial-engineering and construction services and the Operations Practice.

Gernot’s recent work includes defining a perspective on the strategic implications of digitization in the construction and construction-equipment industries and establishing a capability center for the application of five-dimensional building-information-modeling technology.

Examples of his recent client projects include the following:

  • leading the digital transformation of a global industrial-engineering, procurement, and construction company
  • developing the digital strategy for an engineering, procurement, and construction company in the Middle East
  • designing the technical, financial, and governance approach for a greenfield metro megaproject
  • developing the sales strategy for an integrated construction-technology provider
  • executing due diligence for a supplier of modular, prefabricated hotels
  • assessing and preselecting modular, residential real-estate-construction suppliers for a leading European real-estate developer
  • supporting the successful bid for a megaproject in commercial real estate in the Middle East
  • framing the perspectives on digital construction for a regional engineering and construction company
  • leading the turnaround of integrated hardware and software megaprojects for a global leader in defense technology

Before joining McKinsey, Gernot spent five years as a scientific researcher in the field of applied laser diagnostics in combustion engineering, working under international government contracts and for leading automotive and aerospace companies.

Published work

How construction can emerge stronger after coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Decoding digital transformation in construction,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

Modular construction: From projects to products,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

How innovation is reshaping Europe’s urban environment,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2018

Navigating the digital future: The disruption of capital projects,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Twin-track training,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2013

Capability building in China,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2012

Global production: A handbook for strategy and implementation,” Springer, February 2008

“Unternehmen Lean,” (German edition “Journey to Lean”), Campus, February 2005

Optical measurements: techniques and applications,” Springer, September 2001

Past experience

University of Technology Munich
Scientific researcher


Technical University of Munich
PhD, mechanical engineering
MA, aeronautical engineering

Technical University of Kaiserslautern
BA, mechanical engineering