Based in the Washington, D.C. office, Dr. Erich Fischer is a leader in North America’s EPS Aerospace & Defense practice, leads the space industrial and services business in North America, and also plays a people leadership role in both Aerospace & Defense and the D.C. office. He specializes in the stand-up of new businesses and joint ventures, large-scale industry transformation programs, and corporate and business unit strategies – particularly those that fundamentally transform the client’s view of and approach to the market.
Erich has built a set of core A&D clients with whom he has worked multi-year agendas to fundamentally transform their strategies, business models and operations. For example, in terms of large-scale transformations, he has been working with a leader in the satellite manufacturing industry to maintain its relevancy by addressing the fundamental drivers of affordability, including the inherent costs associated with product architecture and design; he also led a multi-year effort to stand-up one of the space industry’s largest joint ventures, identifying and driving $100Ms of cost reduction from the parent companies’ cost baselines in the process. In terms of strategy, he has led numerous efforts for US tier 1 defense companies, including over 25 engagements at one client over the past five years, during which time the client evolved from a small niche defense supplier to one of the more successful tier 1 defense companies in the US. Erich’s recent work has also included commercial and technical due diligence for acquisitions in the defense and satcom industries, US market entry strategies for European A&D companies, and support to teams outside of North America, particularly on space-related topics. Prior to the split with Booz Allen Hamilton, Erich also worked extensively with NASA.
Erich has 18 years experience as a consultant, industry executive and space scientist. Prior to joining Booz & Company, Erich was an Executive at Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite telecom operator, and was a Board member of WildBlue Communications (satellite broadband). He also spent a number of years consulting at McKinsey & Co., where he co-led the North American Product Development Practice. Erich began his career as a space scientist, serving with science teams on Phobos II, Galileo and Clementine I, during which time he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.
Erich holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Brown University in Geological Sciences, and a BA from Dartmouth College in Earth Sciences, Physics and Astronomy.