Holger serves clients in banking and banking regulation, and in the telecom and retail, sectors, helping senior executives solve their highest-value challenges in strategy, risk, data, analytics, and digital technology. He co-leads McKinsey’s work in data transformations, and leads global knowledge management for the Risk & Resilience Practice.


Holger, with his teams, is at the forefront of helping organizations digitize their risk functions, transforming risk management to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, while strengthening the quality and speed of decision making. He helps clients identify new revenue opportunities and navigate an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Holger helps clients implement transformation rapidly, with groundbreaking levels of adoption and impact.

As a leader of McKinsey’s global Data Transformation Practice, Holger supports clients to turn digital and analytics opportunities into business impact. This includes enhancing access, granularity, quality, and timeliness of data, and offering a full stack of services across data management, governance, organization, culture, ethics, architecture, technology, and implementation.

Holger and his teams work on foundational research efforts in the data and risk/regulatory spaces, collaborating with associations such as the Institute of International Finance, and large industry working groups. In addition, he convenes senior executive forums across Asia, Europe, and the Americas on risk operating models, digital risk, and data transformations. Holger speaks regularly at industry events, including the IIF forums, RiskMinds International, and the G-20Y. His research and perspectives are quoted frequently in leading publications.

Before joining McKinsey, Holger was a theoretical physicist, investigating the behavior of DNA aggregates in different conditions. He has a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Düsseldorf.