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Julia Werra

Associate PartnerBerlin

Supports software clients in reaching full potential by sharpening strategic direction, portfolio prioritization, and optimizing operating models

Julia is an associate partner in McKinsey’s software and automotive sector, advising clients on disruptive trends in the industry as well as implications on operating models. She coleads the firm’s software in advanced industry efforts throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) supporting clients on the path to become next-generation software leaders.

Julia has helped a variety of clients on growth and operational excellence initiatives. Recent examples of her work include the following:

  • supporting a software excellence transformation for a leading software company
  • reviewing the development processes of a major automotive OEM with focus on improving flexibility, efficiency, and time-to-market
  • benchmarking software cost and effort for several automotive groups
  • transforming the software cost engineering capabilities at a major automotive OEM
  • defining the three-year cross-board strategy for a leading software company
  • drafting the equity story and growth strategy for different private-equity-owned European software organizations


Getting ready for next-generation E/E architecture with zonal compute,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Semiconductor shortage: How the automotive industry can succeed,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Rewiring car electronics and software architecture for the ‘Roaring 2020s,’” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Reboost: A comprehensive view on the changing powertrain component market and how suppliers can succeed,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019


Humboldt University in Berlin
Dr. rer. nat. (doctor rerum naturalium), physics

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Diploma, physics

The University of Arizona
MS, optical science