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Gautam Kumra

Senior Partner and Chairman - AsiaSingapore

Chairman of McKinsey’s offices in Asia; helps McKinsey’s clients in Asia create change that matters, by building leading institutions and counselling leaders to deliver transformational change.


Gautam is the chairman of McKinsey’s offices in Asia, including in Australia, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Gautam previously served as managing partner for McKinsey’s India offices. Over the past 27 years in the firm, he has worked closely with a diverse range of Indian and global clients, advising them on growth strategy, organization transformation, leadership development, and governance. Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals have been key areas of focus for Gautam but his experience spans all major sectors of the economy including the industrial, financial, and technology sectors.

He has served on McKinsey’s Shareholder’s Council, which is the highest decision-making body of McKinsey and effectively functions as its board of directors, setting strategic direction and policies.

Prior to his appointment as managing partner in India in 2017, Gautam led McKinsey's People & Organizational Performance Practice in Asia and is one of the leading thinkers behind the Firm’s research and insights on transformational change. Passionate about developing CEO leadership, Gautam founded the McKinsey Leadership Institute in December 2013. He is also the founder of the Bower Forum, a unique platform for CEOs and business owners to counsel and learn from fellow leaders. He leads the same in Asia where he has convened sessions of more than 100 CEOs, helping them identify and unlock opportunities for leadership development and personal growth.

Gautam's latest work is MGI's 2021 report, India’s turning point: an economic agenda to spur growth and jobs, which he co-authored with Anu Madgavkar and Shirish Sankhe. The report highlights the actions needed to deal with the challenges of COVID-19 and return the economy to a high-growth path and create gainful jobs for 90 million workers by 2030.

He is passionate about helping institutions become global and world-class organizations. He is a founding board member of the Public Health Foundation of India and also served on its board for a decade. Gautam also serves on the governing board of IIM Bodh Gaya, an autonomous institute of management education, established in 2015 in eastern India. In addition, he is a founding board member of the IIT Delhi Endowment Board and a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York.

Published work

Asia’s top CEOs embrace change with boldness and resilience,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023

How Asian business leaders can prepare for a volatile future,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

The future of (hybrid) work,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

India as a pharma innovation hub: An interview with Dr. Reddy’s G. V. Prasad,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Why Infosys’s Nandan Nilekani is urging leaders to use tech for good,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

How to be a great 21st-century CEO,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

India’s turning point: An economic agenda to spur growth and jobs,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2020

Innovating business models to boost India’s economy,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

“Creating Indian Multinationals: Good for business, great for India,” essay in `The Path Ahead: Transformative ideas for India,´ published by Rupa, April 2018

Mastering the CEO’s mandate,” Mint, January 2014


Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering