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Vishal Agarwal

Partner, Singapore
Leads our work on operations in Southeast Asia with a focus on transformation, digital operations, and Industry 4.0; known for his experience in the energy sector

About Vishal

Vishal leads our work on operations in Southeast Asia. He specializes in advising clients on end-to-end operations transformations, capital-project delivery, digital operations, and Industry 4.0. He is equally experienced in helping clients develop sound strategies.

Vishal’s experience in Industry 4.0 technologies—including automation, robotics, data and analytics—and the digitization of manufacturing spans sectors. He is one of the leaders of the Singapore Digital Capability Center (DCC), our key capability-building hub and testbed for digital solutions.  

Vishal has extensive experience working in the energy sector. His clients include leading energy and process manufacturing companies. He has worked with clients across Australia, China, India, and Southeast Asia to implement holistic transformations that grow production and reduce costs, while building the capabilities of client teams. He regularly advises on resource productivity, supply chain, procurement, and manufacturing.

Select examples of his recent client work include leading an end-to-end supply-chain optimization for a complex Southeast Asian business, which resulted in savings of $150 million through better planning, digital tools, and reduced logistics spending, and supporting an Asian plantation company on a precision forestry project, using advanced technology to accelerate growth and performance.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Vishal worked at Lehman Brothers and Wipro Limited.

Published work

Moving past the ‘pilot trap’ to unleash Industry 4.0 in Indonesia,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Cybersecurity and digital resilience: Seven practices for companies in Indonesia,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Confronting Indonesia’s productivity challenge” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Past Experience

Wipro Limited
Senior internal auditor

Education

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
MBA