Wilko Stark joins Bain's automotive practice as senior advisor

26 June 2020 Consultancy.eu 2 min. read
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Bain & Company has strengthened its automotive practice with the appointment of Wilko Stark, a former leader at Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

The 47-year-old Stark, who is based in Germany, has been named a Senior Advisor, a role he holds alongside non-executive board positions at Kromberg & Schubert and the University of St.Gallen.

He brings over two decades of experience in the automotive and mobility spheres to the global consulting firm, gained in industry and in consulting. After studying mechanical engineering in Stuttgart, Stark started his career at Boston Consulting Group, where he latterly worked as a Principal. During his eight years with the consultancy, he worked from its Stuttgart, London and Vienna offices. 

In 2007, Stark switched to Volkswagen, where he worked as head of product planning for Volkswagen, and later head of products for Seat, based in Barcelona. In 2012, he moved to Daimler in 2012, where he among others was CEO of Daimler's CASE division (Connectivity, Autonomous Driving, Shared Mobility, E-Mobility) – leading a team of roughly 1,000 employees.

Wilko Stark, Senior Advisor at Bain & Company

Most recently, Stark was a divisional director at Mercedes-Benz responsible for purchasing and supplier quality of its cars division.

At Bain & Company, he will advise partners and client team during business development processes, and serve as a subject matter expert on engagements in the automotive industry. Stark specialises in strategic alignment, business transformation and procurement, as well as mergers & acquisitions, partnerships and cooperation, digitalisation and cultural change.

Bain & Company is one of the globe’s leading consultancies in the automotive landscape. The firm helps its clients with navigating change, including trends such as crisis management and restructuring amid the Covid-19-induced downturn, autonomous driving, electrification of vehices, connectivity, new mobility and digitalisation.

“Wilko’s experience and his extensive knowledge of the international automotive industry are an asset for Bain and our customers,” said Walter Sinn, the boss of Bain & Company in Germany. 

In related news, earlier this month Germany’s Audi formed a technology consulting venture with Capgemini.