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Jerome Königsfeld


Helps established organizations transform their core business while building and scaling new digital businesses

Jerome is a coleader of Leap by McKinsey, the firm’s offering for scaling digital businesses globally. He helps organizations in Europe and Asia build and scale new digital businesses, focusing on disciplines that span product development, technology architecture, marketing, and commercial strategy. Jerome brings deep expertise in digital and business building to his work helping drive top- and bottom-line growth at multinational companies across industries including telecommunications, automotive, retail, and financial services. As a passionate technologist, he focuses on supporting clients on topics related to IoT, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

Examples of Jerome’s recent client work include the following:

  • building and scaling a leading digital music and video streaming service in Asia
  • architecting, launching, and leading an incubator for a multinational company in Asia, including the launch of more than ten discrete new ventures
  • creating a mobility software business for an automotive hardware manufacturer
  • building and scaling a new international IoT platform business for a multinational automotive company
  • creating a new digital-attacker unit for a financial institution, with a focus on digitally-enabled growth
  • building and scaling a B2B marketplace for a multinational renewable-energy company

Published work

Building a green energy ecosystem: Lessons from zolar,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

A bigger, bolder vision: How CROs are propelling growth from the C-suite,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

A new approach to impact investing from entrepreneur and venture capitalist Fabian Heilemann,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

Bringing a digital platform to the home heating services market: Lessons from thermondo,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Transforming cutting-edge science into a business: Lessons from C1,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Building a human firewall to block cyberattacks: Lessons from SoSafe,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Buy and scale: How incumbents can use M&A to grow new businesses,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

How start-ups can manage uncertain times: Insights from leading European venture capitalists,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Hyperscaling a fintech start-up: Lessons from Moss,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

How to build a unicorn: Lessons from venture capitalists and start-ups,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

From vision to green-tech unicorn: Lessons from Enpal,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

How good are you at business building? A new way to score your ability to scale new ventures,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Inventing and scaling the world’s largest urban vertical farming network,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

How to launch a new business: Three approaches that work,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

Building and scaling one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile banks,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

From new business to unicorn: Scaling a new corporate business,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

The big boost: How incumbents successfully scale their new businesses,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Using built-in advantages and innovation to scale,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Wachstumstreiber IoT – so profitiert der Handel,” [In German], McKinsey Akzente, 2019


WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
PhD, management science

University of Cologne
Diplom-Kaufmann, business