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Ondrej Burkacky

Senior PartnerMunich

Uses his expertise in semiconductors, R&D, and embedded software to advise clients on operational improvement, R&D, and software-related topics

Ondrej is the global colead of our Semiconductors Practice. Based in Munich, he also coleads the McKinsey Industrial Software Hub and is part of the firm’s Operations Practice in Europe. He supports global clients on issues related to operational improvements and transformations, as well as R&D and software-related topics.

Since joining McKinsey in 2007, Ondrej has served integrated-device manufacturers (IDMs), foundries, and fabless players. He also serves OEMs in the high-tech and automotive industries. Examples of his recent projects include the following:

  • leading the operational turnaround of a foundry fabrication plant, improving its core processes, streamlining critical tools, and introducing stringent performance management processes
  • advising an IDM on a holistic R&D transformation that included a restructuring of predevelopment work, the synchronization of hardware and software development, the introduction of lean engineering principles, and other improvement levers, which generated a substantial reduction in time to market, improved quality, and overall increased development productivity
  • leading an operational excellence program for multiple fabrications of an IDM, resulting in significant cost savings—both operating expenditures and capital expenditures—that freed up capacity for new products
  • leading the implementation of a state-of-the-art software development toolchain for a global IDM
  • helping an industry leader grow its market share through software

Published work

Generative AI: The next S-curve for the semiconductor industry?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

How semiconductor companies can fill the expanding talent gap,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

Exploring new regions: The greenfield opportunity in semiconductors,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

New silicon carbide prospects emerge as market adapts to EV expansion,” McKinsey & Company, October 2023

How back-end automation can be game changing for chipmakers,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

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

Advanced chip packaging: How manufacturers can play to win,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Semiconductor fabs: Construction challenges in the United States,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023

Outlook on the automotive software and electronics market through 2030,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023

Will the supply–demand mismatch persist for automotive semiconductors?,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

The future of automotive computing: Cloud and edge,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

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

Sustainability in semiconductor operations: Toward net-zero production,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Strategies to lead in the semiconductor world,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

The semiconductor decade: A trillion-dollar industry,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Reaching excellence in software procurement,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Value creation: How can the semiconductor industry keep outperforming?,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

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

Automotive semiconductors for the autonomous age,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Coping with the auto-semiconductor shortage: Strategies for success,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

Software ‘should costing’: A new procurement tool for automotive companies,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Will quantum computing drive the automotive future?,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Semiconductor design and manufacturing: Achieving leading-edge capabilities,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

How the semiconductor industry can emerge stronger after the COVID-19 crisis,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Coronavirus: Implications for the semiconductor industry,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

The 5G era: New horizons for advanced-electronics and industrial companies,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

Mastering automotive software-launch excellence,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

Mapping the automotive software-and-electronics landscape through 2030,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

How will changes in the automotive-component market affect semiconductor companies?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Automotive software and electrical/electronic architecture: Implications for OEMs,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019 


LMU München
PhD, physical chemistry
MSc, chemistry