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Gautam Kumra

Senior Partner, Gurugram
Leads McKinsey’s work in India to help clients create change that matters, by building leading institutions and counselling leaders to deliver transformational change.

About Gautam

Gautam serves 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 Pharma have been a key area 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, Gautam led McKinsey's Organisation 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 over 100 CEOs, helping them identify and unlock opportunities for leadership development and personal growth.

Gautam's latest work is MGI's new report `India’s turning point: an economic agenda to spur growth and jobs’ which he has co-authored along 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 Indian institutions become global and world-class organisations. 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

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

Education

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
MBA

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