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Lari Hämäläinen

Senior Partner, Tokyo
Leads McKinsey Digital and advanced-analytics (artificial-intelligence) work in Northeast Asia and advises companies across sectors on adapting their strategies and driving transformative change enabled by new technologies and ways of working

About Lari

Lari is a leader in McKinsey’s advanced-industries and technology work and leads the firm’s digital and advanced-analytics (artificial-intelligence) work in Asia. He has worked throughout his career on digital, analytics, and technology-driven projects, with clients ranging from those in the service sector to global product companies.

Lari’s primary passion is helping create impact through transformative situations in which a step-change ambition can be set and executed. He has more than a decade of experience in leading transformation programs in the technology, machinery, chemical, and service sectors. While assisting with turnaround and transformations at several major Finnish companies, Lari has been an interim chief transformation officer for several of his clients and has driven improved performance in multiple functions, from software development to sales-force effectiveness. Recently, he has been a front-runner in driving artificial-intelligence- and analytics-related thinking and in advising companies on preparing for the changes to come. As he often says, “The oil of the future is the ability to change [fast].”

Recent examples of Lari’s work include the following:

  • building a new digital-service portfolio and business model, including delivering the full build, operate, and transfer of the solution across user-experience, user-interface, workflow, back-end, and analytics engines and redesigning the business processes
  • implementing multiple agile-organization changes for clients to increase execution speed, have higher customer orientation, and speed their ability to change
  • leading a turnaround and subsequent transformation of a technology company to triple its earnings before interest and taxes and to increase market share
  • executing several lean-management programs to create leadership and management cultures of excellence and efficiency and to implement concrete operational changes (across sales, production processes, and supply chains)

Outside of Lari’s professional work, he is an avid, national, Masters-level Olympic weightlifter. He enjoys participating in machine-learning competitions, hand brewing coffee, playing the occasional round of golf, and going to wrestling matches with his son.

Published work

Tackling Europe’s gap in digital and AI,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2019

Past experience

Business development manager


Helsinki University of Technology
MSc, industrial management