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.


Anonymous said...

Missouri already had a COO. He is called the "Governor".

Say What? said...

So, Governor Greitens' plan to be "smaller, more effective and more efficient" is adding another bureaucrat to the payroll? Does he say how much this expert will cost?

iokiyar said...

Governor Greiten's plan to be "smaller, more effective and more efficient" is very complicated! You can't expect him to do all the work himself.

Besides, Missouri government has been determined to be buzzword deficient by the previous transition consultants.

Most important of all the apparent qualifications of COO Erdmann: He helped transform Iraq and Afghanistan! Arkansas and Alabama taxpayers are hoping that this Missouri job will be a full time job, as they already have more than enough of this kind of help.

Drain the Swamp said...

Nothing like calling a McKinsey partner to look for what's clogging the drain on your swamp!~ If anyone would be able to recognize what's wrong it would be a McKinsey consultant!

Oh, look at his linkedin. Things are looking up for the state with this wizard of wonk on the job!

"Andrew (“Drew”) Erdmann is a Partner in the Washington, DC Office of McKinsey & Company. He is a leader in McKinsey’s Public Sector Practice and Aerospace & Defense Practice in the Americas. Based in Washington, DC, he advises government entities their strategic, organizational, and operational challenges, as well as private sector clients on their strategic agenda during this time of global transition. He has deep experience leading transformational change programs and designing and implementing new approaches to strategic management in public sector organizations. He has extensive experience in economic development, including in fragile and post-conflict states such as Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently leading McKinsey’s work to support public sector transitions at the federal and state levels in the United States.

In addition to his work with public sector and A&D organizations, he has experience in energy, media, high technology, and basic materials industries.

Drew is also a leader of the McKinsey's Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, where he focuses upon the implications of geostrategic factors (i.e., geopolitical, political, and macroeconomic) that impact organizations' strategies and strategic planning capabilities.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Drew served in the U.S. government. He served on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff with lead responsibility for special strategic projects and counterterrorism policy; with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as the Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research; and, lastly, as Director for Iran, Iraq, and Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff at the White House.

Drew received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, where his dissertation advisor was Ernest R. May."

Anonymous said...

Sounds a lot like David Wallace's resume.

Subscriber said...

Randy, please publish this information again. It has been bumped back several "older post" pages and possibly missed. Seems to be important info not discussed elsewhere. Thanks for your continued vigilance!