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Otto Waterlander

Senior Partner, Amsterdam
Serves clients in the oil and gas, utilities, and chemicals sectors on issues relating to strategy development, business transformation, mergers and acquisitions, performance improvement, and long-term planning

About Otto

Otto joined McKinsey in 2014, bringing nearly 25 years of consulting and managerial experience in the energy industry.

In his advisory work, he helps European and international oil and gas companies improve their performance by directing transformational, operational, and strategic programs that address external and internal challenges and establish the basis for sustained success.

Otto applies a blend of broad organizational experience and deep industry knowledge to develop long-term visions for his clients. He also has helped governments set energy policy. He draws upon particular expertise in assessing gas market dynamics, including emerging trading models and evolving competitive dynamics.

Before joining McKinsey, Otto was a consultant at Booz & Company, where he led the European Energy, Chemicals and Utilities practice and published frequently on topics related to the oil and gas industry. He also worked at Royal Dutch Shell, where he held various roles in the finance function in the chemicals business, and in upstream operations in the Netherlands and Venezuela. Otto has served on the supervisory board of a Dutch pharmaceuticals wholesaler and is a regular speaker at gas industry conferences. He speaks Dutch, English, and German.

Published work

The road to China: An opportunity for Russian gas to play out,” McKinsey & Company, November 2018

Past experience

Booz & Company
Vice president

Royal Dutch Shell, Venezuela
Department head of finance


Erasmus University
MA, Business economics