Ian Colotla is a core member of BCG’s Operations Practice leads the Manufacturing and Supply Chain topic in Asia Pacific. He is a member of the firm’s Lean Experts Network and the change management team in the People & Organization practice. He is also a member of BCG’s Health Care, Industrial Goods, and Consumer practices.

Ian has worked with clients across a wide range of industries, primarily on topics related to lean manufacturing, innovation, and operations improvement and transformation. He has extensive experience in container shipping and ports, as well as process industries, chemicals, white goods, food and beverages, electronics, biopharma, medical devices, financial services, and private-equity due-diligence operational assessments.

Ian has also worked on lean transformations, continuous improvement programs, innovation programs, production system design, and large-scale cost-reduction programs.

Before joining BCG in 2007, Ian held various positions in leadership at Danfoss, including head of the lean program in the heating division and senior director for ball valves, and he was responsible for factories in Denmark, Poland, Russia, and China. He was also vice president of the lean office in product supply for Novo Nordisk.


  • Operations
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Lean transformation
  • R&D and innovation
  • Container shipping and ports
  • Industrial goods
  • Change management


  • PhD, manufacturing engineering, University of Cambridge
  • MBA, high honors, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • BAS, mechanical engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Registered European Engineer (Eur Ing)


  • Gold medalist, BCG's case competition—Central Europe, Middle East, and Northern Africa region, 2013
  • BCG Operations Practice Award (Europe), outstanding principal or project leader, 2009
  • High honors, University of Chicago MBA class
  • Named “Most Complete Candidate,” executive MBA program, University of Chicago
  • Børsen executive profile, “Behind the Leaders of Tomorrow” section, January 2006
  • Talent 100, Berlingske Tidende magazine, Denmark, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), 2002
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