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Christiaan Heyning

Partner, Perth
Founding partner of McKinsey’s Perth office and leader of our Oil & Gas Practice in Australia as well as our digital and analytics services to resource companies in Asia, with a strong focus on meeting the world’s energy and material demands without harming the planet

About Christiaan

Christiaan has worked almost exclusively with resource companies and heavy industries over the past decade on both strategic and operational issues. He is particularly motivated by the intersection of strategy and operations—for example, implementing concrete ways to reduce the cost of big capital projects, flowing from a strategic assessment of why and where Australia’s costs are different from other regions.

Building on his physics degree and his pre-McKinsey experience of founding an Internet company, Christiaan is increasingly active in supporting clients to capture the benefits that automation, or big data, can bring to the sector.

Examples of his recent work include:

  • increasing substantially the financial position of a global miner through a company-wide turnaround
  • identifying opportunities for how big data could increase revenues for a global resource company, including how to embed these capabilities into the business
  • building capabilities in a newly-established company to set it up for long-term success
  • designing and implementing an end-to-end digital transformation for a global miner

Christiaan is member of the Advisory Board of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, and a keen contributor to the debate on how to position Western Australia for the future.

Published work

Giants can dance: Agile organizations in asset-heavy industries,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

The risks and rewards of outsourcing,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

Sustaining impact from Australian LNG operations,” McKinsey & Company, April 2016

Extending the LNG boom: Improving Australian LNG productivity and competitiveness,” McKinsey & Company, May 2013


University of Groningen
MS, Applied Physics