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Florian Pollner


Helps leaders enhance their personal effectiveness, manage talent globally, and drive cultural change in their organizations

Florian is a partner in the firm’s Zurich office and the leader of our Organization Practice in Switzerland. He is also the cofounder of McKinsey’s leadership development and leads it in Europe. He has worked in more than 25 countries across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia, and spent several years in our Singapore office where he helped establish the Center for Asia Leadership.

Florian is passionate about helping top teams, senior executives, and emerging leaders become more effective. He helps companies build capabilities for leadership development and implement effective talent-management practices. He has deep expertise in wide-scale organizational change and has supported a number of global corporations in transforming their organization, culture, and talent.

In recent work for a telecommunications group, Florian accelerated the impact of 12 strategic projects through a series of leadership programs for senior managers and personally coached the top team. At an Asian engineering and construction group, Florian helped develop more than 500 leaders over four years that delivered $150 million in impact. He led the design and delivery of programs for senior managers and emerging leaders.


How agile operating models benefit risk and compliance functions,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Ask these questions to design the people model and culture of your organization,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Reimagining people development to overcome talent challenges,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

HR’s new operating model,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Reimagining HR: Insights from people leaders,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

‘Back to human’: Why HR leaders want to focus on people again,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

The new possible: How HR can help build the organization of the future,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

The future of HR in oil and gas,” McKinsey & Company, June 2017

Past experience

Senior consultant


Erasmus University Rotterdam

MS, communication systems