India is very much on the radar for manufacturing outsourcing, Mr Klein, the sixth CEO of the global management consulting firm told The Financial Express.
With not many success stories here outside of the auto components sector, Mr Klein still believes that India will be a strong contender for handling outsourced manufacturing along with China and Eastern Europe.
In his view, the strong potential areas in Indian manufacturing industry for bagging outsourced work are manufacturing of engineered goods, component manufacturing for the automobile industry and low-technology hardware.
Importantly, Mr Klein warned that Indian industry should not over-emphasise on the services sector. Instead, it should concentrate on manufacturing, he advised. The outsourcing of manufacturing activities might lead to a strong manufacturing base in India, which was absent otherwise, he said.
Mr Klein, who was named leader of AT Kearneys Northern Europe profit centre in 2001 and was elected to the AT Kearney board in 2003, takes over the firms top job on December 1.
Incidentally, Mr Klein was part of the AT Kearney team that assisted Jack Smith in his outsourcing drive for General Motors. This input created the building blocks for Ignaccio Lopezs oft-quoted and furious undercutting of component costs for General Motors, before Mr Lopez and a select team made their stormy exit from the company.
Mr Klein served previously as unit leader for the firms Benelux region and co-leader of the European manufacturing and supply chain practice. He has to manage Kearneys continuing integration problems with parent EDS.