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Ishaan Seth

Senior Partner, New York
Global co-leader of our Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice and leader of our practice in the Americas. Works with clients in the financial-services and private-equity sectors, including investment banks, retail banks, brokerages, and insurance companies

About Ishaan

Ishaan is global co-leader of our Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice. He is also a leader in the Financial Services Practice, with a focus on banking and securities, and serves a range of financial-services clients including retail banks, investment banks, wealth managers, private-equity investors, and data- and financial-technology providers. His client service spans issues across strategy, corporate finance, digital and analytics, cost transformation, and transactions and M&A. In addition to broad operational-improvement programs, Ishaan has led major strategy transformations at financial institutions across strategy diagnostics, strategy formulation, and strategy implementation.

Ishaan formerly led McKinsey’s CFO work globally, counseling CFOs on their roles, the finance function, portfolio strategy, and organizational issues. Beyond his core financial-services clients, he has served CFOs across a range of industry sectors, including technology, information services, retail, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. In a prior role, Ishaan also helped establish and lead McKinsey’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, which serves investors across a broad spectrum of diligence, portfolio, and turnaround issues. He also formerly led McKinsey’s overall recruiting efforts in North America.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Ishaan worked in investment banking for a multinational investment bank and financial-services company in its leveraged finance group in New York and London. His work focused on structuring leveraged buyout debt financing for private equity and corporate clients. Ishaan has also spent time with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and serves on the board of trustees of the Dalton School in New York City.

Published work

Are scenarios limiting your pandemic recovery strategy?,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Memo to the CFO: A new approach to 2021 budgeting starts now,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

The CFO’s role in helping companies navigate the coronavirus crisis,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Memo to the CFO: Get in front of digital finance—or get left back,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

How CFOs can better support board directors—and vice versa,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Bots, algorithms, and the future of the finance function,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

The strategist CFO: A conversation with ADP’s Jan Siegmund,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015

The CFO's role in the pursuit of growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2013

Getting more out of offshoring the finance function,” McKinsey on Finance, Number #23, Spring 2007


Harvard Business School
MBA (Baker Scholar)

Harvard University
BA, history