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Kjartan Kalstad

Partner, Oslo
Trusted by leaders in telecom, media, technology, banking, and other consumer-facing industries for his expertise in full-scale transformations and integrations

About Kjartan

Kjartan is a partner in McKinsey’s Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and High Tech (TMT), Consumer and Organization Practices. He leads our organization and merger management work in the TMT sector globally in McKinsey. With over 12 years of experience across industries, Kjartan possesses deep knowledge of transformations and mergers and acquisitions. He understands the intricacies of company-wide transformational change, including digital and analytics fueled transformations and new business build. Kjartan also leads our work with startups, investors and accelerators in Norway (McKinsey Fuel).

Kjartan advises leading telecommunications, media, technology, consumer, travel and other B2C companies globally. Recent examples of his client work include the following:

  • Supporting a global telco in a large-scale cost-and-revenue-transformation effort, including fundamental reorganization
  • Building a new digital platform for a global travel industry leader (our digital business build offering – Leap)
  • Establishing an analytics platform for a leading media company to improve their churn & retention practices
    Building an insurance strategy & offering for a leading global online travel agency
  • Leading two of the largest cross-border integrations in the tech, media, and telecom sector; each valued at over $20 billion
  • Leading multiple procurement transformations, one of which focused on establishing a centralized, high-performing procurement company for an industry leader
  • Advising a business-to-business and business-to-consumer retailer on strategy, cost transformation, and venture strategy
  • Supporting digitalization efforts at a leading bank, including automating and digitalizing the client’s customer processes
  • Passionate about change and transformation, Kjartan leads some of McKinsey’s knowledge efforts on agile organizations, transformational change, change management, as well as merger management.

Past experience

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Statistics Norway, Research Department


University of Warwick
MSc, economics

University of Warwick
BSc, economics