About Thomas

Thomas is the leader of our Chemicals and Agriculture Practices in the Americas. He advises leading agriculture, chemical, and energy companies on step change performance transformations and growth strategies.

Since joining McKinsey in 2000, he has advised global leading clients in the energy, chemicals, agribusiness and oilfield service sectors. His support focuses on high-impact strategy development and performance improvement transformations, which often include helping companies boost operational excellence, improve capital and commercial productivity, organizational redesign and capability building.

Working with leading companies across continents has given Thomas a global point of view on both challenges and opportunities; he has advised clients in North America, Europe, Africa, and Brazil.

His recent work includes:

  • supporting a leading specialty chemical company on a global operational turnaround putting in place new practices to drive commercial and manufacturing excellence
  • developing tailored regional growth strategies for Africa and Eastern Europe as well as “integrated solutions” growth strategies for a global agricultural input company
  • global supply chain, procurement and IT transformation support for a global leading agribusiness company
  • supporting a leading oilfield equipment and services provider on pricing strategy and tender support as well as chemicals procurement strategy
  • reviewing the business cases as well as supporting the capital project teams of several petrochemical companies along the value chain in North America

Published Work

No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Chemicals 2025: Will the industry be dancing to a very different tune?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

Past experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral fellow

Bayer Corporation

Education

University of Technology, Aachen, Germany
PhD in chemistry

University of Cologne, Germany
Diploma in chemistry