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Stephan Görner

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Global Co-Leader of McKinsey’s Transformation Practice; helps organizations around the world achieve full potential through holistic and sustainable transformations.

Stephan is the global Co-Leader for our Transformation Practice, helping organizations across a wide range of industries to design, orchestrate, and deliver holistic and sustainable transformations. He supports clients in driving major and sustainable improvements in performance, organizational health, capabilities, and social and environmental impact.

Stephan is formerly the global leader of McKinsey’s work in the basic materials sector. He has been a trusted advisor to leading metals and mining companies around the world on strategy, supply-chain, productivity, and operations-transformation-related topics. His teams achieved groundbreaking success in removing bottlenecks from complex supply chains by applying the theory of constraints and advanced analytics.

During his 25 year career with McKinsey, Stephan has done some pioneering work in sustainability, including cowriting the report An Australian cost curve for greenhouse gas reduction, in 2008.

Before joining McKinsey, Stephan taught applied mathematics to graduate students at the Technical University of Berlin while attaining his PhD in nonlinear programming.

Published work

Something’s coming: How US companies can build resilience, survive a downturn, and thrive in the next cycle,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

Succeeding in the AI supply-chain revolution,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

The potential of advanced process controls in energy and materials,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Remote operating centers in mining: Unlocking their full potential,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

The mine-to-market value chain: A hidden gem,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

The business of sustainability: Putting it into practice,” McKinsey & Company, October 2011 (PDF–258 KB)

“Making energy productivity pay off,” The Australian Financial Review, May 2010

How companies manage sustainability: McKinsey Global Survey results,” McKinsey & Company, March 2010

An Australian cost curve for greenhouse gas reduction,” McKinsey & Company, February 2008 (PDF–275 KB)

Past experience

Technical University, Berlin
Teaching assistant, applied mathematics 1993-98


Technical University, Berlin
PhD, mathematics; Masters, mathematics and economics