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Ondrej Burkacky

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

About Ondrej

Ondrej helps lead our global Semiconductors and Business Technology practices and is based in Munich. He is also part of the 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 original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the high-tech and automotive industries. Examples of his recent projects include the following:

  • leading the operational turn-around of a foundry fab, 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 pre-development work, the synchronization of hardware and software development, the introduction of lean engineering principles, and other improvement levers, generating a substantial reduction in time to market, improved quality and overall increased development productivity
  • leading an operational excellence program for multiple fabs of an IDM, resulting in significant cost savings (both OPEX and CAPEX) and freeing up of capacity for new products
  • leading the implementation of a state-of-the-art software development toolchain for a global IDM
  • helping an industry leader to grow its market share through software

Published work

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

“When software meets hardware: Excellence in embedded-software development (PDF–370 KB),” McKinsey on Semiconductors, Autumn 2013


Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
PhD, physical chemistry

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
MSc, chemistry