About Max

Max Landsberg is a recognized authority on CEO succession and on how senior executives can develop their leadership skills and careers. He has counseled the boards of many Fortune 500-size companies on CEO and executive succession, and 1/4 million leaders have consulted his books to improve their performance.

Formerly a partner at McKinsey, he is now director of the firm’s Senior Partners Office, working globally, though based in London. In this role, he helps senior people find new opportunities to use their expertise, have a greater personal impact, and make a meaningful social contribution as they continue to shape and evolve their careers. Many of his programs connect senior partners with relevant needs of not-for-profit institutions, other public initiatives, and corporate boards.

Before rejoining the firm, Max was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles and a senior partner at Korn Ferry. He led various aspects of leadership consulting at those firms and for 10 years helped the boards of many large organizations to assess and develop their senior executives, including in the context of CEO succession.

Previous roles at McKinsey spanned 17 years and included consulting to clients in the banking and consumer goods industries, and, as a partner, leading professional development in the United Kingdom. He has a passion for helping individuals as well as organizations to grow, and his books on leadership, motivation, and coaching have sold more than 250,000 copies, in many languages.

Max also supports educational causes, having for 6 years served as governor of the University of Roehampton during a pivotal era in its development, and serving on its remuneration and people committees.

He is an award-winning writer on the outdoors and has a passion for adventure travel. He shares this passion through talks at schools and through books such as The Call of the Mountains (Luath Press, October 2013) and Trek to Everest (Rucksack Readers, December 2016).

Published business books

Mastering Coaching, Profile Books, April 2015

The Tao of Coaching, Profile Books, 2nd edition 2015 (1st edition 1996)

The Tools of Leadership, Profile Books, 2000

The Tao of Motivation, Profile Books, 1999

Past experience

Korn Ferry Hay Group
Senior partner

Heidrick & Struggles
Partner

McKinsey & Company
Partner

Education

British Psychological Society
Level A and B in psychometric testing

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
MBA, business administration

Cambridge University
MA, mathematics and physics