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Harry Bowcott

Senior Partner, London
Directs our data and analytics work for the Travel, Transport & Logistics practice on a global basis, enhancing our ability to deploy sophisticated analytics in support of cost optimization and growth

About Harry

Harry is the global leader of our data and analytics work for the Travel, Transport & Logistics Practice. He also leads our Travel, Transport & Logistics, Aerospace & Defense, and Sustainability Practices in the London office. Across more than 10 years of advisory experience, Harry has partnered with the leaders of both government agencies and transportation companies. Digging deep into transport and logistics data, he leads efforts to optimize costs and foster strategic growth planning. To improve cost management, he directs supply-chain efficiency and design initiatives. And with an emphasis on network analysis, he guides efforts to evaluate capacity and find opportunities to expand the scope of highly networked operations.

Examples of his work:

  • leading McKinsey’s relationship with a military client to work with equipment support and frontline command, improving output at substantially reduced cost by optimizing supply-chain design, inventory, and efficiency
  • working with a government client to reduce multibillion-dollar procurement spending on common goods and services by identifying and prioritizing savings opportunities
  • helping a major airline define its required level of growth capacity during the next 5 years through the use of network analytics and growth scenarios
  • leading analysis of data from two major cargo airlines to assess joint-venture potential across their current networks

Harry serves on the board of Navimeter, a data-analysis software tool that uses global vessel tracking to predict more accurate port-time arrivals and to improve asset utilization. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of advanced analytics in transportation and logistics.


The clairvoyant airline,” YouTube, International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Passenger Symposium, October 2015

Published work

Building a green business: Lessons from sustainability start-ups,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

COP26 made net zero a core principle for business. Here’s how leaders can act,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Protecting people from a changing climate: The case for resilience,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Decarbonizing defense: Imperative and opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Modernizing military acquisition and sustainment for the 21st century,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Fission accomplished: Getting nuclear power on grid faster and cheaper,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

The clairvoyant airline,” McKinsey & Company, October 2014

Past experience

Procter & Gamble
Portfolio manager


Cambridge University
MPhil, modern history

Oxford University
MA, modern history