About Allen

Allen leads McKinsey’s IT Performance Management Practice and is a coleader of the Operations & Technology Practice. He has worked with a broad range of financial services companies on IT and operations strategy and redesign.

Examples of his work include developing:

  • a digital strategy for a global universal bank
  • an IT infrastructure offshoring strategy for a global broker-dealer
  • an online strategy study for a leading US retail/high-net-worth brokerage
  • a mid- and back-office redesign project for a commodity-trading organization, focusing on opportunities to reduce errors and implement straight-through processing
  • an IT vision project for a global investment bank, to develop the strategy, governance and metrics for the IT infrastructure and application development group

Allen is also a member of the Social Sector Practice and has worked extensively with the Robin Hood Foundation on strategic issues.

Published work

Achieving digital alpha in asset management,” McKinsey & Company, November 2018

Designing a data transformation that delivers value right from the start,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

The transformative power of automation in banking,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Protecting the enterprise with cybersecure IT architecture,” McKinsey & Company, March 2015

Risk and responsibility in a hyperconnected world: Implications for enterprises,” McKinsey & Company, January 2014

Playing war games to prepare for a cyberattack,” McKinsey & Company, July 2012

How innovators are changing IT offshoring,” McKinsey & Company, October 2009


Harvard Law School

Oxford University
MA, philosophy, politics and economics

University of Pennsylvania
BA, psychology and history