Former A.T. Kearney partner Sven Marlinghaus joins Roland Berger

31 May 2018 3 min. read

Roland Berger has added the German Sven Marlinghaus to its global Operations service line. The former head of A.T. Kearney’s Operations & Performance Transformation practice for Central Europe joined the firm as a Senior Partner.

"We are really pleased to be welcoming Sven Marlinghaus to our team,” said Marcus Berret, Senior Partner and Global Head of the Operations, Industrial and Automotive practices at Roland Berger. “His years of expertise and his superb network make him a great asset for our company.”

Prior to joining Roland Berger, Marlinghaus headed the Operations & Performance Transformation practice of A.T. Kearney, one of Roland Berger’s main rivals in the operations, procurement and supply chain space. He was based out of A.T. Kearney’s Dusseldorf office. Previously, he worked for KPMG as leader of the firm’s Strategic Sourcing & Procurement arm, and later, head of the Strategy & Operations Consulting wing. Prior to that he spent eleven years as a Partner and member of the global board at BrainNet Supply Management. He joined KPMG following the Big Four’s acquisition of BrainNet in 2012, in a move which added around 300 procurement and supply chain management consultants across twelve countries to KPMG’s roster.

Over the course of his extensive career, Marlinghaus has advised a wide variety of industrial and public utility companies as well as firms in the automotive and telecommunications industry and private equity companies. He specialises in procurement and supply chain, digital, performance improvement and reorganisation.

Sven Marlinghaus, Senior Partner - Roland Berger

At Roland Berger, Marlinghaus, again based in Dusseldorf, will support the firm’s clients with transforming and digitising their supply chains, as they strive for cost efficiency and innovation against a backdrop of growing competition and disruption. According to a recent report from Arthur D. Little, the logistics industry is ripe for disruption from digital and tech-led innovation, with legacy players risking being held back by their inability to adopt emerging yet already established imperatives such as agility, customer-centricity and ecosystems.

According to a spokesperson at Roland Berger, the privately-held partnership is seeing growing demand for its advisory services in Operations. “In today's volatile markets, technological disruption and new business models call for efficient and flexible structures. Roland Berger is ideally suited to help clients successfully navigate change.”

Meanwhile, the hire of Marlinghaus is just one of the many additions planned for this year. Building on a successful 2017, and an even better outlook for 2018, Roland Berger’s Deputy CEO Stefan Schaible recently said that the consultancy is planning to recruit 200 consultants to its team in Germany this year, around a third of the total recruitment intake the firm is planning across its 50 offices globally.