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Holger Harreis
Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company


Co-founder and co-leader of our work in global risk data and digitization, and a core member of the European Financial Services Practice and McKinsey Digital; pioneers initiatives that help clients transform strategy, respond to regulatory demands, and enhance their overall approach to managing risk.

Holger is passionate about digital and risk, and about helping his clients manage and execute large-scale, high-impact transformations. He serves companies in all sectors, with a particular focus on financial services companies, including universal banks, investment banks, asset managers, and financial-market-infrastructure players.

In the area of risk data and digital risk, Holger, together with his teams, has helped his clients achieve tremendous impact in creating higher levels of efficiencies, enabling new revenue opportunities, and reducing risk, as well as in successfully achieving a multitude of new and demanding regulatory requirements. Key elements in such transformations include advanced digital risk capabilities—for example, the automation of lending processes and decision-making, portfolio monitoring, and stress-testing—as well as advanced approaches to data governance and data architecture. Holger helps clients implement these capabilities rapidly, with groundbreaking levels of adoption and impact.

As a frequent author and thought leader on our preeminent knowledge efforts, Holger and his global practice teams have worked on a foundational research effort and report on Risk Data and Technology capabilities together with The Institute of International Finance (IIF) and a large industry working group. This effort has led to the world’s leading annual Risk Data and Technology Benchmark initiative. In addition, Holger convenes executive forums on risk operating models, digital risk, and data transformations—for example, biannual roundtables on BCBS 239 including all GSIBs and most D-SIBs, as well as a biannual forum for Risk COOs. Holger regularly speaks at industry events, including the IIF fora, RiskMinds International, and the G20Y, on a variety of digital risk, regulatory, and banking topics. His research and views are regularly cited and quoted in leading publications.

Before joining McKinsey, Holger was a theoretical physicist investigating the behavior of DNA aggregates in different conditions.

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