Dr. Gerhard Nowak is a leading practitioner in operations strategy for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business. He is a Managing Director Strategy& Germany, based in Munich. He has 11 years of international industry experience and 7 years of consulting experience with international clients in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. within the automotive, manufacturing, and electronics industries.
Gerhard Nowak’s specialty is operations excellence improvement. His expertise includes numerous operational excellence and production footprint projects across industries, reorganization of R&D processes and organization, and several projects in order processing and supply-chain optimization. He was a managing director of first-tier household appliances and automotive suppliers in Italy and Germany.
Selected relevant experience includes
- Due diligence of investor proposals for carve out and takeover of German OEM, including design of alternative approaches for sustainable profitability increase
- Setup of corporate strategy for a first-tier automotive supplier for new business activities
- Sustainable working capital reduction for first-tier automotive suppliers in Europe, the U.S., and Mexico
- Order planning improvement in order to optimize WIP for first-tier supplier
- Setup and implementation of a HPV reduction program for a JV OEM in China, with realized optimizations of about 30%
- Location search and project management for a new factory in China for a first-tier supplier
- Design and implementation of European production footprint for the second-largest forklift producer, including product transfer between involved factories and shutdown of factories
- Several operational excellence projects for a wind tower manufacturer, steel service center and forging companies
- Design of an innovative business model for a steel service center in China
- Factory planning for two plants of the biggest household appliance manufacturer in China
- Setup and implementation of a viability plan for a Chinese mobile phone supplier
- Product cost reduction for a household appliance manufacturer in China
Gerhard Nowak received a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich.