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Cornelius Walter

Senior Partner, Budapest
As a global coleader of McKinsey Transformation (MT) banking service line, advises financial institutions, energy companies, public-sector organizations, and other clients on growth strategy and large-scale transformation

About Cornelius

First based in Germany, Cornelius moved from Frankfurt to Budapest in the late 1990s to help build up McKinsey’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Since then, he has worked across Western Europe and CEE, branching out from his focus on financial institutions to serve clients in multiple sectors.

Before assuming his current focus, Cornelius was McKinsey’s Managing Partner in Central Europe, as well as Managing Partner of the Budapest office. In these positions, he aspired to act as a role model for “servant leadership” among regional and local partnership groups and to help drive growth for CEE clients. Cornelius also co-led the establishment of McKinsey in Kazakhstan and has helped lead our people initiatives across the Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EEMA) region.

In addition, he has been a co-leader of our global Financial Services Practice, advising major banking and insurance groups on a broad range of issues, including corporate and business-unit strategy, business building, organization, operations, and IT.

Cornelius has long been involved in charitable and professional causes. He currently serves on the board of Meseterapia, a charity he established with his wife, brother, and sister-in-law.


EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht

WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management
MA, business administration