Über Uwe

Uwe is the global leader of our Enterprise Risk Management service line and a co-leader of our Financial Services Practice in Europe. He works with clients in a broad range of industries, with a focus on advising financial and industrial companies on compliance and risk-management topics.

Uwe has served clients in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has lived in Boston and New York; since 2006 he has been splitting his time between Cologne and Singapore. Recently, among other projects, he has led two major restructuring efforts at European banks, helped a large Indian bank improve its capital- management practices, conducted bank-wide stress tests for leading financial institutions in Europe and Asia, supported companies in building strong compliance and control frameworks, and helped financial institutions define and implement risk-appetite frameworks.

Prior to joining McKinsey in 1993, Uwe worked for several banks in Europe and the United States. He holds an MBA equivalent from the University of Cologne, a masters degree in international management from the Community of European Management Schools, and a doctorate in business administration from the European Business School.

Uwe has written a number of books, as well as articles for management journals. He is a contributor to the 2012 edition of The strategic CFO: Creating value in a dynamic market environment and to the McKinsey Working Papers on Risk series. In addition to his work at McKinsey, Uwe lectures on banking and risk management as an honorary professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Published work

Customer experience as a value driver in German retail banking,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

The evolving role of credit portfolio management,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Transforming enterprise risk management for value in the insurance industry,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Dealing with recent challenges in cash flow management: Commodity volatility and competitive pressure,” The strategic CFO: Creating value in a dynamic market environment, Springer, 2012

“Getting risk ownership right” (PDF–460 KB), McKinsey Working Papers on Risk, November 2010

“Turning risk management into a true competitive advantage: Lessons from the recent crisis” (PDF–742 KB), Working Papers on Risk, September 2008


European Business School
PhD in business administration

University of Cologne
MBA equivalent

Community of European Management Schools, HEC France
Masters in international management