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Wolff van Sintern

Senior Partner, Düsseldorf
Advises companies and governments in the industrial-equipment space and aerospace-and-defense, and is a member of McKinsey's advanced industries group, leading our defense activities in EMEA

About Wolff

Wolff has more than 18 years of experience with McKinsey, working in the defense-and-aerospace and industrial equipment spaces.

Recent examples of Wolff’s client work include the following:

  • leading a large-scale tendering process in the defense industry
  • designing an integrated-logistics-services improvement program for a European aerospace company
  • developing a combat-and-transport-aviation availability-improvement program
  • spearheading a strategy review and operational-transformation program design for a defense company
  • supporting cash-performance improvements at an aircraft-engines manufacturer
  • developing performance improvement programs and reorganization in the industrial equipment space

Prior to joining McKinsey, Wolff worked as a research engineer at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Evendale, Ohio.

Published work

More European, more connected, more capable: Building the European armed forces of the future,” McKinsey & Company, Hertie School of Governance, Munich Security Conference, December 2017

How NATO trains for an uncertain future,” McKinsey & Company, December 2014

The Future of European defence: Tackling the productivity challenge,” McKinsey & Company, May 2013


Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MS, mechanical engineering

RWTH Aachen University
Dipl. Ing., mechanical engineering