Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Greitens names COO to make government "accountable, efficient"
(From Gov. Eric Greitens)
Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced that Drew Erdmann, a partner at McKinsey and Company and one of the world’s leaders on government transformation, will become the state's Chief Operating Officer, a new position designed to make government work better for the citizens of Missouri.
Governor Greitens made the announcement from a Missouri steel manufacturer—one of the many businesses forced to contend with the weight and burden of unnecessary government regulations, paperwork, and bureaucracy.
Governor Greitens emphasized the need for a smaller, more effective, and more efficient government. "Citizens wait in too many long lines, and people are forced to fill out too many forms to do basic things. Small businesses are being choked by regulations and taxes," he said, "Drew is going to wake up every day with one simple mission: make Missouri’s government work better for you."
The COO will focus on making government accountable and efficient. Drew Erdmann has spent the last decade improving governments around the country, making them do more with less money and provide better services for fewer taxpayer dollars. He has advised businesses and government entities in the Aerospace and Defense space on strategy, operations, and organizational design. He is one of the world's foremost experts on driving transformation in government—and he has been a leader in McKinsey's public sector work, bringing private sector knowledge to help speed up and slim down government bureaucracies.
Erdmann has also worked in the energy, media, and high-tech industries, as well as the non-profit sector. Prior to joining McKinsey in 2005, Drew was at the White House as the National Security Council’s director for Iran, Iraq, and strategic planning. In 2003, he led an international civilian-military team with the US Department of Defense in Iraq. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State.
Drew has taught international affairs at Harvard University and George Washington University. He has also served as an independent consultant to the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, and Department of State. Drew lives with his wife and two children in St. Louis.