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Thomas Hundertmark

Senior PartnerHouston

Advises leading energy and industrial companies on creating value from strategic transformations, step-change programs, and sustainability

Thomas advises executives and their teams in the energy and industrials space on leading step-change performance transformations and growth strategies, including all matters tied to sustainability. He leads the firm’s decarbonization work around the globe as well as our sustainability work for the energy and materials sector.

Since joining McKinsey in 2000, Thomas has advised leading clients mainly in the energy, chemicals, and industrials sector. His support focuses on high impact strategy and performance-improvement transformations, including commercial and capital transformations. Over the last years, his professional focus anchored more on energy transition strategies, circular value chains, water as a resource, and sector decarbonization.

He received his diploma in chemistry at the University of Cologne as well as a PhD in chemistry at RWTH Aachen University. Before deciding to join McKinsey’s German office, he worked as a German Research Foundation scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Published work

“‘You need to do the math and then explain the math’: A talk with ExxonMobil’s Darren Woods,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Leading through uncertainty in the energy and materials sectors,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

The net-zero materials transition: Implications for global supply chains,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

Addressing the challenges of plastic waste: Circularity and leakage,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Climate impact of plastics,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

How team structure and governance can unleash sustainability success,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Green growth avenues in the cement ecosystem,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Managing water and climate risk with renewable energy,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

True packaging sustainability: Understanding the performance trade-offs,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Net zero or bust: Beating the abatement cost curve for growth,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

The state of the chemical industry—it is getting more complex,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Water: A human and business priority,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Plastics recycling: Using an economic-feasibility lens to select the next moves,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Accelerating plastic recovery in the United States,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry,” McKinsey & Company, December 2018

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


University of Technology, Aachen, Germany
PhD, chemistry

University of Cologne, Germany
MA, chemistry