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Robert Stemmler

Global Manager, Centers of CompetenceFrankfurt

Manages cross-functional teams focused on entrepreneurship and inspiring greater innovation in the services McKinsey provides to clients

Robert convenes the 15 Centers of Competence that are aligned with our New Ventures group. As the leader of cross-functional teams in 25 global locations, he helps drive innovation that enhances and transforms the services McKinsey offers to clients. Robert also co-leads the New Ventures Competition, our ongoing internal crowdsourcing event for new services and solutions.

Since joining McKinsey in 2005, Robert has mainly focused on developing and deploying teams of talented McKinsey researchers. He previously directed a research and analytics group supporting client projects in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. By offering insights into organizational design and human capital management, Robert’s team boosted the performance of public sector institutions and state-owned enterprises.

For example, Robert and his team helped the leadership of an oil and gas multinational transform their global mobility programs by developing new design principles and supporting company personnel in rolling them out. They also contributed to an effort to increase organizational agility and reduce costs within a large public sector institution by designing an in-house employment agency to better match labor demand with supply.

Until recently, Robert led a team of more than 300 researchers working in our knowledge centers in Delhi and Chennai, India. As the hub manager, he was responsible for directing all operations and leading people development processes.

Before joining McKinsey, Robert worked with the Heinrich Böll Foundation and a local consultancy in Thailand as a project manager focused on disaster relief following the tsunami in 2004. A former lecturer and tutor with the Hertie School of Governance—where he studied public management—Robert has published public policy papers in German academic journals. He speaks German, English, French, Spanish, and some Hindi.


Hertie School of Governance
Executive Masters, public management

Free University, Berlin
Diploma, political science

Sciences Po, Paris
Diploma, international economics