Goernor appoints State COO 3 cc

GOVERNOR APPOINTS STATE C00 – 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 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.”

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 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 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.