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Anand Swaminathan

Serves clients across sectors to shape their growth agendas powered by digital solutions, analytics, technology, and platforms to help accelerate speed to impact

Anand leads Build by McKinsey, the firm’s technology delivery practice, which is a global community of software engineers, architects, designers, and product owners who help our clients turn game-changing opportunities into reality. Previously, Anand led McKinsey Digital in Asia, helping organizations across industries unlock the full potential of digital, analytics, and data, as well as technology platforms and digital ecosystems.

Anand works with senior leadership teams and boards to help develop targeted digital strategies, prioritize and mobilize investments and resources to execute on strategy, drive the culture transformation required for the digital era, and develop capabilities within organizations to successfully sustain transformations over time. He serves organizations across industries, including consumer, energy, hospitality, advanced industries, and financial services.

A passionate technologist, he publishes frequently on digital transformation and core technology topics. He is a coauthor of Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company (Wiley, June 2017), a playbook for senior leaders looking to achieve the full-scale benefits of digital.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Anand spent 19 years at a global management consulting and professional-services company, most recently as the chief strategy officer for its digital branch.

In addition to his work with McKinsey, Anand serves as a trustee and member of the board of directors of Case Western Reserve University.

Published work

Modernizing the mindset: An interview with Biswa Misra,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Cloud in China: The outlook for 2025,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

How can Asia narrow the gap between countries’ access to technologies, and leapfrog to sustainable, inclusive growth?” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

Six practical actions for building the cloud talent you need,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Future of Asia: Asia’s technological opportunities to propel growth,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Future of Asia: How Asia can boost growth through technological leapfrogging,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2020

Pivotal technologies that will drive Asia’s economic growth,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Stressing customer obsession: A conversation with Sequoia Capital’s Pieter Kemps,” Venture, McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Derisking corporate business launches: Five steps to overcome the most common pitfalls,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Overcoming the core-technology transformation stalemate,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Five Fifty: The legacy threat,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2019

Three capabilities CMOs must build to transform marketing,” Chief Marketer, January 2018

Why Legacy Companies Must Reinvent—or Die,Fortune, September 2018

Harnessing scale to drive successful digital transformations,” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Upgrading your business to a digital operating system,” McKinsey & Company, June 2017

Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company,” Wiley, McKinsey & Company, June 2017

Past experience

Managing director, chief strategy officer, Accenture Digital


Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
MBA, strategy and operations

Case Western Reserve University
BA, economics