About Frithjof

Frithjof is a partner in McKinsey’s Oslo office. He leads McKinsey Board Services, our global service line helping CEOs and boards of directors improve corporate governance. Frithjof also leads McKinsey’s Organization Practice in Scandinavia, helping clients develop high-performing organizations and leaders across the private and public sectors.

With a focus on strategy, transformational change, leadership, and governance, primarily for global resources and energy clients and public-sector institutions, Frithjof advises executives on how to lead change, develop a stronger leadership bench, and put in place better governance mechanisms.

For example, Frithjof has, over the course of a decade-long advisory relationship, helped an integrated global oil-and-gas company chart its globalization journey—helping redesign the company’s organizational structure and corporate center, supporting a major postmerger-integration process, developing a new leadership profile and leadership development principles, simplifying management systems and processes, and designing a cultural-change journey. As part of another advisory relationship, Frithjof supported a transformation and professionalization effort at a public-sector agency, helping it in its aspiration to deliver stronger performance than any peer organization.

To strengthen McKinsey’s advisory within corporate governance, Frithjof in 2013 co-led the establishment of McKinsey Board Services, a service line he currently leads globally. In this role, he has helped direct multiple board- and governance-related engagements, as well as McKinsey’s global surveys of best practices in board services.

Frithjof speaks frequently on the topics of transformational change and board governance, both in Norway and internationally.

Published work

Toward a value-creating board,” McKinsey & Company, February 2016

Organizing to enable the shift from volume to value,” McKinsey & Company, December 2014

“Active ownership—requires more expertise,” State Ownership Report, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway, 2010

Past experience

Norwegian Armed Forces
Second lieutenant

Education

INSEAD
MBA

University of Oslo
JD, law

University of Oslo and University of Bergen
Studies in psychology, organizational psychology, and organization and leadership

Norwegian Armed Forces
Officer candidate school