Based in Shanghai for more than 15 years, Jonathan has been instrumental in establishing and scaling McKinsey's presence in China. He works with Chinese businesses to develop strategies, organizations, and operations for global growth, and with city, regional, and national authorities on energy, sustainability, and economic development.
Jonathan has deep experience in corporate strategy, operations, and organization, serving clients in industries including energy, basic materials, healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
In the public sector, Jonathan has advised the State Economic Commission of China on improving the environment for foreign investors, supported the development and drafting of the energy policy of the Republic of China, and advised national and local government authorities on economic development. He has conducted more than 60 projects for local governments throughout China to support local economic development and transformation.
Jonathan actively participates in a number of international fora, particularly in the area of US-China relations, including the US-China Clean Energy Forum, the Joint US-China Coalition for Clean Energy, and the Aspen Strategy Group. He co-chairs the Urban China Initiative, a joint initiative between McKinsey, Columbia University, and Tsinghua University to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenge. He lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School , and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University’s Antai Business School.
Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written three books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003). He also co-authored with Jimmy Hexter the book, Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007).
A U.S. citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.
“China’s next chapter: The infrastructure and environmental challenge,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2013
“How a private-sector transformation could revive Japan,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2015
“How Asia can boost productivity and economic growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2015
“Debt and (not much) deleveraging,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2015
“Where to look for global growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015
“Can long-term global growth be saved?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015
“Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015
“Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2014
“Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2014
“A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014
“China’s digital transformation,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2014
“All you need to know about business in China,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014
“How to make a city great,” McKinsey & Company, September 2013
“Chinese infrastructure: The big picture,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2013
“What's next for China?” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2013
“New models for sustainable growth in emerging market cities,” McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, Summer 2012 (PDF 538–KB)
“What China’s five-year plan means for business,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2011
“A truer picture of China’s export machine,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2010
“Making the most of Chinese aid to Africa,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2010
“From bread basket to dust bowl?” McKinsey, November 2009 (PDF–476 KB)
“China and the US: The potential of a clean-tech partnership,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2009
“If you’ve got it, spend it: Unleashing the Chinese consumer,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2009
“China’s green opportunity,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2009
“China’s green revolution,” McKinsey, February 2009
“Profiting from innovation energy productivity,” China Daily, November 2008
“Preparing for China’s urban billion,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2008
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