Dominic Barton is the global managing director of McKinsey. Since joining the firm in 1986, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries, including banking, consumer goods, high tech, and industrial.

Dominic also leads McKinsey’s work on the future of capitalism, long-term value creation, and the role of business leadership in society. In 2011–12, he co-led a task force on inclusive capitalism sponsored by the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank, which developed new approaches for engaging and scaling business actions to address issues that create both social and economic value.

Before becoming global managing director, Dominic served as McKinsey’s chairman in Asia from 2004–09, based in Shanghai, and led McKinsey's office in Korea from 2000–04.

External leadership

Dominic is an active participant in many international fora, including the World Economic Forum, Le Cercle des Économistes: Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council, and the China Development Forum.

In Asia, Dominic is a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, an adviser to the Asian Development Bank, and a member of the advisory board for the China Development Bank Capital Group; additionally, he was the chairman of the International Advisory Committee to former South Korea President Lee Myung-bak on National Future and Vision. He is also an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and serves as a member of the advisory boards of four business schools.

In North America, Dominic is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Canadian Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service, and a board member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Authored works

Dominic is also a prolific writer—authoring more than 80 articles on capitalism, leadership, financial-market development, Asia, history, and the issues and opportunities facing global and Asian markets. He is the co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002). His most recent book is China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Awards and recognition

In 2009, Dominic was awarded the Magnolia Gold Prize by the Shanghai government for his outstanding contributions to the city’s development. In 2013, he received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea. He also has honorary doctorates from the University of British Columbia and York University, Canada.

Dominic was made a Rhodes Trustee in April 2010 and is an honorary fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Dominic on the leadership challenges of the 21st century

More from Dominic

Making advanced analytics work for you

Dominic and David Court offer a useful guide for leaders and managers who want to take a deliberative approach to big data.

The case for inclusive capitalism

Dominic and Lynn Forester de Rothschild explain how business leaders can address society's most pressing unmet needs and still deliver high returns to investors.


Key findings from our latest research on women executives

Key findings from our latest research on women executives

On May 1, Dominic addressed the Wall Street Journal’s Task Force for Women in the Economy. “The big news for me this year,” he said, “was our analysis of the power of the middle of the talent pipeline . . . where some companies are creating the conditions in which women can thrive.”more

  • includes: