About Melanie

Melanie offers advisory support to aerospace and defense manufacturers and other advanced industrial companies and service providers. Working as a partner to executives, she seeks to improve performance and strengthen competitive position, including by adjusting business models to pursue growth.

With more than a decade of consulting experience, Melanie has particularly strong expertise in guiding business and operational transformations, setting growth strategy, pursuing design-to-value plans, optimizing supply-chain management, and improving product development.

Examples of her recent client work include the following:

  • setting design-to-value and sourcing strategies, including implementing design and sourcing initiatives to meet cost targets on a new program launch, for an industrial manufacturing company
  • developing a digital strategy that spanned both revenue-generation and efficiency improvement opportunities and included operating-model changes required to capture value for an aerospace and defense company
  • directing an affordability strategy and transformation effort for a major aerospace company that successfully closed a 30 percent cost challenge spanning overhead, direct labor, and material costs
  • creating a growth and technology strategy, including assessing technology differentiation and required investments, for an aerospace and defense company
  • guiding an engineering transformation for a defense company by identifying productivity improvement opportunities and setting a new operating model to increase responsiveness and deploy talent strategically

Before joining McKinsey, Melanie was a principal in Booz & Company’s global aerospace and defense practice. In her advisory work, she also draws on hands-on experience she gained as a systems engineer at Boeing.

Published work

Five keys to digitalizing aerospace and defense companies,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Commercial drones are here: The future of unmanned aerial systems,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Supply-chain management in aerospace and defense: Cash is king—again,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Past experience

Booz & Company

Systems engineer


University of Southern California
MS, engineering management, systems engineering

Duke University
BS, economics, mechanical engineering