About Kevin

Kevin Sneader is the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company. He is based in Hong Kong and serves a broad range of clients in multiple industries and functions with his work in strategy, organization, and operations.

Kevin joined McKinsey in London in 1989. He later worked from the firm’s Beijing, Paris, and Hong Kong offices before moving to the United States in 2001, when he became managing partner of McKinsey’s New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, offices. He went on to become managing partner of the firm’s practice in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he served as the regional leader of our Asian offices from 2014 to 2018.

He has been involved in research efforts on global economic and business trends, productivity growth and innovation in China and Asia, as well as gender and diversity. He is the coauthor of several reports, including The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific, Overcoming global turbulence to reawaken economic growth, and China’s Choice: Capturing the $5 trillion productivity opportunity.

Kevin is a frequent speaker on business topics at events and key institutional forums across the Americas, Asia, and Europe. He has spoken at meetings of the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute, the Singapore Summit and the World Internet Conference.

Long involved in charitable and professional causes, Kevin has served on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New York City chapter, the international advisory board of Scottish Enterprise, and was also previously president of the board of BritishAmerican Business.

Kevin holds a degree in law with first-class honors from his hometown University of Glasgow. He went on to graduate from Harvard Business School, where he received a master of business administration degree with highest distinction and was designated a Baker Scholar.

PUBLISHED WORK

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

AI, automation, and the future of work: Ten things to solve for,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2018

Anu Madgavkar and Kevin Sneader, “Wanted: Women business leaders in the Asia-Pacific, and companies and governments willing to support them,” South China Morning Post, April 24, 2018

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

What Southeast Asia needs to become a major player in artificial intelligence,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2017

The CEO guide to China’s future,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2016

Overcoming global turbulence to reawaken economic growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

Turbulence ahead: Renewing consensus amidst greater volatility, McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

No ordinary disruption: The forces reshaping Asia, McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

Toby Gibbs, Alastair Levy, and Kevin Sneader, “Toward a more efficient public sector,” McKinsey on Government, Spring 2011

From austerity to prosperity: Seven priorities for the long term in the United Kingdom, McKinsey Global Institute, November 2010

Lenny T. Mendonca and Kevin D. Sneader, “Coaching innovation: An interview with Intuit’s Bill Campbell,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2007

Erik A. Roth and Kevin D. Sneader, “Reinventing innovation at consumer goods companies,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2006

VIDEOS

“China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’: From theory to reality,” Capturing China’s $5 trillion productivity opportunity, McKinsey Global Institute, June 2016

“An east-west rebalancing: McKinsey’s Kevin Sneader on global innovation trends,” Gauging the strength of Chinese innovation, McKinsey Global Institute, October 2015

PODCAST

Meeting China’s productivity challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2016

China’s One Belt, One Road: Will it reshape global trade?,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Education

Harvard Business School
MBA, business administration

University of Glasgow
LLB, law