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Dorothee Herring

Senior PartnerDüsseldorf

Dorothee Herring

Senior PartnerDüsseldorf

Advises automotive and machinery companies as they set strategies for growth and pursue performance improvement

Dorothee coleads the collaborative effort between our Automotive and Strategy & Corporate Finance Practices in Europe. In this role, she looks to deepen our capacity to advise automotive manufacturers and suppliers as they seek expanded options for growth and new ways to improve their market position.

Since joining McKinsey in 2008, Dorothee has worked with a broad range of automotive-sector clients. She partners with executives to evaluate international growth opportunities, set portfolio strategies, and pursue merger and acquisition activities. In all her work, she helps companies develop winning growth strategies and then drive the initiatives required to reach and sustain stronger performance levels.

Dorothee also coleads our European machinery initiative. This effort focuses on offering targeted advisory support to midsize industrial companies wrestling with strategic questions and performance challenges.

Examples of her work:

  • developing a strategy for a European car manufacturer seeking better performance in the US market, including setting portfolio and powertrain strategy, adjusting the production and supplier footprint, and shifting approaches to marketing and sales
  • defining a growth strategy for a European light-commercial-vehicle manufacturer, including internationalization and expansion into new vehicle segments plus growth through new business models such as mobile services
  • helping a midsize machinery company develop a pragmatic growth strategy, including prioritizing options and creating a hands-on implementation road map

Published work

How to reignite growth through adjacencies,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

European machinery companies: Achieving balance through innovation,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Boosting machinery sector profitability via cloud-aided digitalization,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

European machinery companies: Opportunities in recovery from crisis,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Identifying opportunities and starting to build a new green business in the industrial sector,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Unlocking the growth opportunity in battery manufacturing equipment,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

How the European machinery industry can emerge stronger from the pandemic,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Digitization: How machinery companies can meet customers’ expectations,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Margin pressure builds in the German machinery industry,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Beyond COVID-19: Rapid steps that can help machinery and industrial automation companies recover,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020


Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany)
PhD, economics
MA, economics