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Dennis McRae

West Monroe Partners
Consumer and Industrial Products Practice Leader
Dennis McRae is a director in West Monroe Partners’ and leader of the firm’s Consumer & Industrial Products industry team. He has more than 25 years of experience working with diverse organizations in improve top-line growth, market share, and earnings.

Dennis McRae is an accomplished business leader with a track record for mentoring and mobilizing executive leadership teams to achieve strategic growth and P&L transformation. He has worked with industrial and consumer products organizations ranging from start-ups and turnarounds to Fortune 500 enterprises, as well as with private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Dennis’s experience includes a strong balance of executive leadership and P&L responsibility, as well as functional expertise in Industry 4.0 (digital factory, digital supply chain, and predictive asset management), supply chain optimization, operations management, warehousing and distribution, innovation, engineering, product and business development, and government and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience with mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances and partnerships.

His industry experience spans the aerospace, automotive, industrials and discrete manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer products, telecommunications, packaging, chemicals, and medical device and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Dennis joined West Monroe Partners in 2018 from Hitachi Consulting Corporation, where he was vice president and head of the Industrials practice, responsible for overseeing delivery of operational improvement and technology services to global clients. He also led the firm’s Industry 4.0 initiative, helping earn recognition as a top solution provider in that space.

Previously, he was vice president of operations for Celerant Consulting, which was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in 2012. Over 10 years there, he led large-scale transformation programs for clients. He was also a director of operations for Cambridge Management Consulting.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Business, Operations Management – Manufacturing and Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also participated in the INSEAD Executive Leadership Program. He holds a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification.