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Wolfgang Günthner


Leads McKinsey’s design-to-value labs and the center for cost engineering globally, serving clients in advanced industries, product development, and consumer goods

Wolfgang is a partner with McKinsey’s Operations Practice and an expert in product development. He leads the firm’s design-to-value labs and our work in cost engineering around the globe.

Wolfgang has deep experience in advanced industries, including automotive, aerospace and defense, and machinery, as well as consumer goods and a wide range of other industries, including high tech and transportation.

In the automotive industry, Wolfgang has led design-to-value initiatives to optimize products for numerous automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers. He has supported manufacturers of aerospace equipment with highly complex, almost unique machinery in design-to-cost transformations, focusing on fast, sustainable impact. His work often extends to procurement engagements, where he has helped generate substantial savings with smart investments.

He has also undertaken design-to-value analyses and product teardowns for more than a dozen manufacturers of consumer goods and other retailers, leading transformation programs and product conventions.

Beyond this, Wolfgang has led design-to-value product analyses for global leaders in renewable energy, manufacturing equipment, and medical devices and equipment.

He also leads cleansheet-calculation initiatives at scale across industries for negotiation support and cost-driver analysis and has facilitated capability-building programs for design-to-value and cleansheet calculations across multiple industries.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Wolfgang worked on projects for several automotive OEMs and a manufacturer of aerospace equipment.

Published work

Multiply design-to-value impact: Build core DtV capabilities at scale,” McKinsey & Company, February 2017

Design to value at scale: Why capabilities matter,” McKinsey & Company, May 2015

Cleansheet target costing, Part 2” McKinsey & Company, April 2012

Cleansheet target costing, Part 1” McKinsey & Company, March 2012


The Technical University of Munich
University of California, Berkeley

PhD, robotics and mechatronics

The Technical University of Munich
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MA, mechanical engineering