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Wolf Richter


Helps companies capture the benefits and mitigate the risks of their tech-enabled transformations

Wolf is a CIO counselor who shapes, leads, and secures technology-enabled transformations. He serves companies on a full range of digital challenges including platform modernization, cloud migration, and cybersecurity. He leads the firm’s cybersecurity work in Europe.

Examples of Wolf’s recent client work include the following:

  • building the cyber-strategy and organization for a global software company, and integrating cyber into the product lifecycle
  • securing the cloud transformation for a European airline with a three-year application modernization and capability building roadmap for cyber
  • turning around an enterprise resource planning (ERP) transformation for a logistics company by introducing agile development methodologies and realigning the business case with the board
  • introducing secure software development life-cycle and shaping the security and privacy organization for a mobility platform provider

Published work

Automotive R&D transformation: Optimizing gen AI’s potential value,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

Managing the forces of fragmentation: How IT can balance local needs and global efficiency in a multipolar world,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Seven steps to help protect your ERP system against cyberattacks,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

A quantum wake-up call for European CEOs,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Strengthening the IT security posture in corporates and industrials,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Clearing the air on cloud: How industrial companies can capture cloud technology’s full business value,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Boards and cybersecurity,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Making the cloud pay: How industrial companies can accelerate impact from the cloud,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Safeguarding against cyberattack in an increasingly digital world,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

How airlines should manage IT failures and security breaches to improve operational stability,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

Securing software as a service,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Cybersecurity: Linchpin of the digital enterprise,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Shifting gears in cybersecurity for connected cars,” McKinsey & Company, April 2017

Protecting your critical digital assets: Not all systems and data are created equal,” McKinsey & Company, January 2017

Past experience

Oxford Internet Institute
Research assistant

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Visiting researcher


University of Oxford
PhD, information and communication sciences

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
LLM, intellectual property law

Humboldt University of Berlin
MSc, computer sciences