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Jayanti Kar

Partner, PAXLondon

Jayanti Kar

Partner, PAXLondon

Advises energy companies on rapid performance transformations and operating-model redesign

Jayanti helps energy companies address the margin-eroding effects of inconsistent production efficiency and high operating costs. To unlock the full value of production assets, she brings core skills in upstream operations transformations and agile organization design. She also designs reliable solutions for reaching efficiency-improvement goals, and she is increasingly advising clients on how to make the most of opportunities emerging from the energy transition and the next wave of automation and digitization in the sector.

Since joining McKinsey in 2003, Jayanti has worked extensively on strategy development, organizational redesign, and operations transformations for energy companies. Most recently, working with our Petroleum Asset eXcellence team, she has led a number of business transformations for oil and gas majors and independents in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Examples of her recent client work include the following:

  • redesigning a gas producer’s operating model to reflect the increasing need for modernization and the greater maturity of the resource base
  • leading the performance turnaround of an international oil company in the North Sea through organizational redesign, production optimization, spend rationalization, and capital productivity
  • optimizing the post-commissioning steady-state operating costs for an Asian megaproject

Keenly interested in strategic thinking, Jayanti has authored several articles on executive strategy setting and the nature and nuance of competitive dynamics. She has put this expertise to use by working with an oil industry association to transform performance, rolling out a digital platform for cross-industry cooperation on efficiency-related issues.

In 2013, Jayanti took a year-long leave of absence from McKinsey to restructure and run a family business.

Published work

Facing the future: Net zero and the UK electricity sector,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Curbing methane emissions: How five industries can counter a major climate threat,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

The big choices for oil and gas in navigating the energy transition,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Toward a net-zero future: Decarbonizing upstream oil and gas operations,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

The West of Shetland comes of age,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

Capturing the next frontier of value: Operating models for oil and gas fields of the future,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

From late-life operations to decommissioning,” McKinsey & Company, February 2015

Option Games, The Key to Competing in Capital-Intensive Industries,” Harvard Business Review, March 2009


Delhi School of Economics
MA, economics