Patrick Buchmann is managing director at ThyssenKrupp Management Consulting, Germany, having previously been a principal at the Hamburg office of the Boston Consulting Group. He joined the company in 2001 and is a core group member of the industrial goods, operations, and corporate development practice areas. He is an expert on net working capital optimization. Over the past years he has led and supported a number of international projects, with a focus on the optimization of processes and inventories as well as creditor and debtor management. Buchmann holds a master’s degree from the Technical University of Berlin in industrial engineering with emphasis on production technology and logistics, and he studied business administration at the Cass Business School in London.