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Kurt Strovink

Senior Partner, New York

Leads our insurance work globally, serving life insurance, wealth management, and property and casualty insurance companies on strategy, corporate finance, organization, and operations performance improvement programs


Kurt, a senior partner in McKinsey’s New York office, leads our insurance work in the Americas and convenes our global Insurance Leadership team. He serves life and wealth-management firms, P&C insurance companies, and clients in other industries on strategy, corporate finance, organization, and operational performance. In addition to operational improvement programs, Kurt has led major strategy transformations at a number of financial institutions across strategy diagnostics, strategy formulation, strategy capability building, and strategy implementation. He has co-led McKinsey’s governance task force, an effort to prepare the governance of the firm over the next 10 years, and serves talent-driven companies seeking to combine organizational agility and an inclusive ownership culture as part of modern governance.

Over the past 10 years, Kurt has also helped to lead pro bono a number of change efforts in education, including work with chancellors in the New York City Department of Education, Harvard University, and Teach for America. He is a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall.

Kurt is an amateur classical pianist and lives with his wife and two sons in Scarsdale, NY.

Published work

Where delegation fails: Five things only the enterprise CEO can do to build new businesses,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

A wave of innovation: The state of insurance in Asia and North America,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

The CEO’s risk agenda: An insurance perspective,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Developing an effective M&A blueprint for insurers,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

Creating value, finding focus: Global Insurance Report 2022,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

How insurance can help combat climate change,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

CEO brief: The future of business building in insurance,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

A better approach to M&A in North American insurance,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

How do you measure success in digital? Five metrics for CEOs,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Climate change and P&C insurance: The threat and opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

In conversation: The CEO moment,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Reimagine insurance: Five keys to innovation,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

How US insurers can build a winning digital workforce for the future,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2020

How to win in insurance: Climbing the power curve,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Short-term pain for long-term gain: The new CEO’s dilemma,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2019

Closing the gender gap: A missed opportunity for new CEOs,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2018

How functional leaders become CEOs,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2017

What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2017

How new CEOs can boost their odds of success,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

A strategy for a digital age,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017


Oxford University
PhD, political economics

Oxford University
MPhil, politics (Marshall Scholarship)

Harvard University
BA, economics and philosophy (Truman Scholarship)