In Partnership with 

Industrial Digital Leadership in Asia

Global Industrial Digital Leadership Practice

Geographic Presence

Ward Howell International was formed in 1951 in the US by former McKinsey Partner Henry Ward Howell. Over more than 60 years our Partners have successfully established a global competence network. Today, the firm has a presence in all major markets globally. Our experience spans across all major sectors and industries and includes multinationals, local companies as well as government agencies.

Our distinctiveness derives from the quality of our people who share values of partnership and entrepreneurship. With our global structure, in-depth local expertise, and international collaboration, we believe we are well placed to meet the needs of our clients and deliver customized strategic leadership solutions.

About Us

Industrial Digital Leadership Practice

At Ward Howell International our deeply integrated sector and competence practices offer our clients the in-depth market expertise and right mix of solutions needed to address their leadership talent and organizational development requirements.

With our Digital Leadership practice we have clearly moved beyond the traditional boundaries of consulting to develop deep sector understanding and broad market access in the Industrial, Mobility, Building, Energy & Infrastructure, and Consumer sectors. We have even moved beyond the boundaries of our own organization to form strategic partners with best of class professional service companies to cater to our clients’ digital transformation needs. Our sweet spot are product market leaders who have aspiration to transform into digital leaders.

Combining Technology with Sector Expertise

Industrial Digital Leadership Solutions in Asia

“We help Product Creators become Digital Leaders in Asia”

Digital & IoT Innovation Advisory (IoT ONE)

Leadership & Capability Building (Ward Howell Int.)

  • Asia Digital Office 
  • Digital & IoT Transformation Advisory 
  • Digital & IoT Readiness Assessment  
  • Digital & IoT Capability Workshops  
  • IoT Market Research: Technology Provider, Use Cases, Business Models Evaluation, Technology Evaluation, Competitor Assessments 

  • Leadership & Expert Search
  • Team Scouting 
  • Digital Leadership & Team Assessment
  • Learning & Development: Digital, IoT & Innovation
  • Innovation & Go-to-market Organization Development: Labs, incubators & Accelerators in China and Singapore.
  • Executive Learning Expeditions: Digital & IoT deep dives in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Singapore. 

Asia Digital Alliance

Asia Digital Alliance

With our alliance partners Alibaba Cloud, IoT ONE and MING Labs we have teamed up in a strategic alliance to support product creators in their digital innovation and transformation.

Industrial Digital End-to-end Solutions

With our Alliance Partners we can provide end-to-end solutions to support Product Creators become Digital Leaders.

IoT ONE was founded with the mission to drive adoption of digital solutions within an industrial and product environment. Today IoT ONE is a leading source for IoT adoption insights, and supports companies successfully driving their digital innovation and transformation.

Ward Howell International was formed in 1951 in the USA by former McKinsey Partner Henry Ward Howell and is today the world’s second oldest leadership solution provider. We help clients globally building stronger leadership teams and organizations.

MING Labs Is a user experience design and application development company founded in 2011 with offices in Berlin, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore and New York.

Alibaba Cloud is China’s leading cloud computing company with a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services and AI applications.

Some Select Clients & Partners

Our Practice Team

Leadership & Capability Building Solutions

Digital & IoT Innovation Advisory

Michael Maeder

Managing Partner

Executive Search

Chun Liew


Executive Search

Jane Feng


Practice Head Organizational Effectiveness

Erik Walenza-Slabe


Digital Innovation

Matthias Roebel


Digital Innovation

Founding Partner

Founder & Board Director

Founding Partner

Founder & CTO

Senior HR Director, Talent Sustainability & Staffing


OD Director China

Co-Founder & CEO

Shanghai Chapter Director

Shanghai Branch Manager

CEO & Co-Founder



Dr. Alexander Bode


Digital Innovation

Partner, Digital Innovation

Internationalization Efforts Head

Direct HR Group


Direct HR Group



Platform Industry 4.0

Area of Expertise

Executive Search

Emerging Markets

Board Solutions

Area of Expertise

Executive Search

Internet of Things

Smart Home


Area of Expertise

Organizational Behavior & Leadership

Learning & Development

Leadership Coaching






Startup GRIND

Applied Value Group

Area of Expertise

Open Innovation

Corporate-start-up innovation

Technology Expert: IoT,

Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet

Area of Expertise

Design thinking

Agile and lean business in digital business

Area of Expertise

Industry 4.0

Industrial Digital Transformation




T: +86 21 6010 5000

M: +86 186 1638 7117


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338 Nanjing Road (West)

Shanghai 200003, China

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