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Angus Dawson

Senior PartnerSydney

Serves clients through periods of intense strategic, regulatory, and technology-based change

Over the past two decades, Angus has worked closely with clients across financial services, retail, consumer, and telecommunications on a broad range of issues, including strategy, M&A, regulation, technology, organisation, culture, and performance challenges and opportunities. He has also played a lead role globally in the firm’s new thinking on strategy—specifically, on more practical and accessible approaches for boards and executives to implement and on the renewal of McKinsey’s strategy methodology to help clients make clearer and more impactful strategic choices.

Angus has extensive experience as a translator between technology and business sectors. Recognising that technology-based disruption is fundamental to strategy and that technology-enabled change at scale is fundamental to transformation, he collaborates with clients on these issues. He has served as managing partner for Australia and New Zealand, and has led the firm’s Digital and Analytics Practices in Australia.

An active champion for gender diversity in Australia, both within McKinsey and more broadly in the Australian community, Angus is a strategic adviser to the Male Champions of Change initiative and a member of its founding group. He actively supports a number of pro bono institutions that advance women, including the YWCA, the Stars Foundation, and the Katrina Dawson Foundation.

Within McKinsey, Angus coleads a global initiative to develop future problem-solving approaches and team practices, as the firm continuously evolves to help clients transform in this time of intense tech-enabled change.


What’s hot in Asia for 2021: McKinsey’s take on the region’s biggest business opportunities,” Future of Asia, April 2021

What’s on the horizon for Asian companies,” Future of Asia, July 2019

Published work

How incumbents become digital disruptors,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2016

Digital strategy: Understanding the economics of disruption,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2016

The economic essentials of digital strategy,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2016

The strategic yardstick you can't afford to ignore,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2013

Mastering the building blocks of strategy,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2013

The Granularity of Growth—Asia: How to Drive Growth in the World’s Most Dynamic Economies, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2007


Stanford University
MSc, management, science, and engineering

University of Sydney

University of Sydney
BA, economics