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James Chavin

Senior Partner, London
Leads McKinsey’s transformation work in Europe, serving as a restructuring and transformation advisor for a range of national and multinational companies

About James

James leads McKinsey’s transformation work in Europe. He works with a broad range of national and multinational companies on restructuring and transformation and has extensive experience in the design and execution of large-scale transformation programs, including performance management, transformation governance, target setting and budget interlock, operating-model redesign, and profit-and-loss reconciliation. James works in a range of sectors, including high tech, telecommunications, retail, financial services, and transportation.

Prior to joining McKinsey, James worked as an operating executive at a multinational telecommunications company, a hedge-fund investor, and a program officer for an international organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness of democratic institutions in developing countries.

Away from the office, he is passionate about STEM education and served on the school board in Glencoe, Illinois, where he created and ran the lower-school math club for six years.

Past experience

Senior director

Rudman Capital Management
Managing director

National Democratic Institute
Program officer


University of California, Berkeley
PhD; MA, political science

Stanford University
MA, Soviet and Eastern European Studies
BA, political science