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Kraljic, Peter

Peter Kraljic, who is a member of the McKinsey Advisory Council, was untilJuly 2002 a senior Director at the McKinsey office Düsseldorf, Germany.

He joined McKinsey in 1970 in Germany and was elected to Principal in1977 and to Director in 1982. He was for a number of years a member ofMcKinsey’s Shareholders, Firm Development and Personnel DevelopmentCommittees and has managed from 1993 to 1998 the McKinsey activities in France.

Prior to joining the Firm, he worked for six years in metallurgical research with companies in Yugoslavia, Germany and Luxembourg.Peter Kraljic’s activities concentrated mostly on industrial clients in sectors such as chemical/pharmaceutical, automotive/assembly/machinery and steel/aluminium as well as some related service sectors such asengineering and logistics.For these clients, Peter has worked on a number of assignments dealing with strategy, organization and operations for companies in Germany,Austria, France, Italy and Eastern Europe. 

Furthermore, he has conducted a number of turnaround as well as acquisition and post-merger management projects with both national and cross-border scope,particularly in the process and automotive/assembly industry, in Germany, France, Great Britain and Austria.Regarding internal McKinsey research, his expert knowledge in operations brought him to head our Firmwide Operations Practice as well as ourSourcing Practice for several years. Later, he was responsible for the coordination of McKinsey’s Practice activities in Europe, while more recently he was co-leading the McKinsey Global Institute project regarding economic performance and job creation in France and Germany.Peter Kraljic has published a number of scientific and business articles, for example in the Archiv für das Eisenhüttenwesen, Columbia Journal of Business, Harvard Business Review, Manager Magazine and Le Figaro Economie.

He has given speeches to many client organizations, institutions (such as Aspen) and forums (such as Crans Montana) on a wide range of topics such as supply management and operational effectiveness, organization and post-merger management, human resources and more recently also on change management and restructuring of Eastern European industries and companies.Lately, Peter has been leading special projects aiming at economic growth and job creation in Germany and Brazil.

He also led a project looking atthe attractiveness of Central and Eastern European countries for foreign direct investments, based upon a set of macro- and micro-economic criteria.A graduate from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a degree in metallurgy, Peter also holds a Ph.D. in material sciences from theTechnical University of Hannover, and an MBA from INSEAD