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Lari Hämäläinen

Senior Partner, Helsinki
Leads McKinsey’s Helsinki office and our Advanced Analytics (AI) work in Benelux and the Nordic region, while advising companies across sectors on how to adapt their strategies and drive transformative change enabled by new technologies and ways of working

About Lari

Lari is the managing partner of our Helsinki office and also leads the advanced analytics (AI) work in Benelux and the Nordic region. Lari has worked throughout his career on digital, analytics, and technology-driven projects with clients ranging from service-sector to global product companies.

Lari’s primary passion is helping to create impact through transformative situations where a step-change ambition can be set and executed. He has more than a decade of experience in leading transformation programs in technology, machinery, chemicals, and service sectors. While assisting with turnaround and transformations at several major Finnish companies, Lari has been an interim chief transformation officer for two of his clients, and has driven improved performance in multiple functions from software development to sales force effectiveness. Recently, Lari has been a front-runner in driving AI and analytics-related thinking, and advising on how companies should prepare for the change 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 full build-operate-transfer delivery of the solution across UX, UI, workflow, back-end, and analytics engines and redesigning the business processes
  • implementing multiple “agile organization” changes for his clients to increase execution speed, have higher customer orientation, and speed up ability to change
  • leading a turn-around and subsequent transformation of a technology company to triple its earnings before interest and taxes and increase market share
  • executing several lean management programs to both create a leadership and management culture of excellence and efficiency, and implement concrete operational changes (across sales, production processes, and supply chain)

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