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John Lydon

Senior Partner, Sydney
Acts as a client counsellor to Australia's and New Zealand's leading organisations and one of the global leaders of McKinsey Implementation

About John

John joined McKinsey in 1996 and has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. He has been based in Australia since 1999. In December 2013, he was appointed managing partner of McKinsey Australia and New Zealand.

John works as a client counselor, helping the leaders of large, complex organisations understand, embrace, capture, and sustain the value potential in their businesses. This includes improving the results of successful companies by building on their strengths, rapidly turning around less well-performing organisations, and improving the outcomes of investments and capital projects. During his career, John has led several large-scale transformation programs across multiple industries, such as banking, telecom, and industrial companies in Australia; resources companies around the globe; and building lean-manufacturing capability in one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises.

Through both his leadership of McKinsey Australia and New Zealand and his personal client service, John has been instrumental in changing the way we serve clients. Innovations such McKinsey Implementation, RTS, and Digital and Analytics now represent more than half of our work in Australia and New Zealand.

John also has led our Operations Practice and is currently a member of McKinsey’s Asia Leadership Team and our global senior partners’ committee.

Among his external appointments, John is a member of the University of Technology Sydney’s Vice Chancellor's Advisory Board, a representative on several Business Council of Australia committees, and part of the founding group of Male Champions of Change.

Published work

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2018