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André Andonian

Managing Partner Japan and Senior Partner, Tokyo
Works in Advanced Industries globally, serving clients in our Advanced Electronics, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive & Assembly and High Tech Practices

About André

André leads our Office in Japan and advises leading companies on a broad range of strategic operational and organizational engagements—especially in the Automotive and Assembly, Advanced Electronics, Semiconductors, and Aerospace & Defense industries. He is currently the Managing Partner of McKinsey Japan and a core member of McKinsey’s Asia Leadership Team. He is also a long-term member of McKinsey’s Shareholder’s Council, which is the highest decision body of McKinsey and effectively functions as its board of directors in setting strategic direction and policies.

In his 29-year McKinsey career, André has worked in Munich, Silicon Valley, and New York in numerous leadership roles, such as the Global and Americas Leader of McKinsey’s Advanced Industries, which comprises the Automotive & Assembly, Advanced Electronics, Semiconductors, and Aerospace & Defense Practices. He also led the High Tech and Innovation and Technology Management practices in EMEA. He serves clients in all these fields around the globe, more recently focusing on Japan.

André holds extensive additional senior leadership roles in support of McKinsey’s growth, people, and knowledge development. He is also a member of the Firm’s Learning and Development Board, which shapes and oversees capability building for all McKinsey consultants. He also supports the development of new CEOs in his role as co-Dean of McKinsey’s Bower Forum.

André is very passionate in supporting the economic development of entire countries and nations in different capacities, including as an advisor on innovation for different countries and clusters, as a founding member of both the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia and Armenia 2020, a global think-tank, and most recently as Board Member of the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology. He has also been actively involved in promoting innovation, tourism, and foreign direct investment in Japan.

Prior to joining McKinsey in 1988, André worked in sales, marketing, customer service, and engineering for a Fortune 200 company in the United States, and at IBM Europe and Asia.

Published work

Change management: lessons from Japan,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, August 2018

A more effective model for managing change in Japan could accelerate economic growth,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

Japan at a crossroads: The 4G to 5G (r)evolution,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018


Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

University of Vienna
MA in economics and management science