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Irina Starikova

Partner, Silicon Valley
Helps clients across many industries address their toughest technological challenges and adopt new generation IT platforms and practices.

About Irina

Irina is one of the leaders in IT transformation and infrastructure for McKinsey. Drawing on deep expertise in next-generation infrastructure, cloud computing, and digital enablement, Irina advises both companies that are using and companies that are developing these IT products and services to enhance innovation and productivity. Her primary focus is on the technology, healthcare, and consumer industries.

Examples of her recent work include the following:

  • working with a global technology company to develop a long-term IT strategy to cut costs, improve effectiveness, and transition to a next-generation IT infrastructure
  • helping a large healthcare provider to develop its infrastructure demand and capacity-management capabilities, as well as optimize its data-center strategy and cloud adoption
  • implementing lean IT principles to boost performance for a large industrial IT organization, resulting in a 25 to 30 percent gain in productivity
  • developing a cloud strategy for a large financial-services company and helping put it into practice, including developing a new operating model to provide more flexible services and reduce cost

Irina is an active contributor to McKinsey's research, including leading McKinsey's enterprise cloud-infrastructure survey that studies trends in enterprise cloud adoption. She is also one of the authors of McKinsey's 2017 Women in the Workplace research, in partnership with LeanIn.Org and the Wall Street Journal. This research series aims to identify gaps in female leadership and proposes actionable steps toward a more equitable workplace.


Learning from leaders in cloud-infrastructure adoption,” McKinsey & Company, July 2017

Published Work

Women in the Workplace 2019,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

Women in the healthcare industry,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Leaders and laggards in enterprise cloud-infrastructure adoption,” McKinsey & Company, October 2016

IT as a service: From build to consume,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

Beyond agile: Reorganizing IT for faster software delivery,” McKinsey & Company, September 2015

Managing the demand for IT infrastructure,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

Past experience

Investment analyst and product manager

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Investment manager, Russian venture-fund program


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management

Novosibirsk State University
MA and BA, economics and mathematics