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Lari Hämäläinen

Senior PartnerSeattle

Leads McKinsey Digital and advanced-analytics (artificial-intelligence) work and advises companies across sectors on adapting their strategies and driving transformative change enabled by new technologies and ways of working

Lari is a senior partner in Seattle who is a leader in McKinsey Digital. In the past he has led McKinsey Digital in Northern Europe and Northeast Asia and served as managing partner for McKinsey’s Finland office.

Lari’s passion is to help companies build new businesses while renewing their existing business models. He comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has from a young age been involved in building technology businesses and helping organizations better adapt technology to their needs. Over the last 15 years at McKinsey Lari has helped numerous organizations build new services, channel models, and set up digital attackers. He has also been the Chief Transformation Officer at a major technology company supporting them in their renewal journey. Recently, Lari has also been a front-runner in driving artificial-intelligence- and analytics- related thinking and in advising companies on how to best utilize the technologies at scale.

Recent examples of Lari’s work include the following:

  • designing and delivering the customer proposition, business case, technology and process architecture for a complex digital (and physical) service proposition while delivering it in turn-key fashion coordinating an environment of five partner companies; building the client team resourcing and independency through screening, hiring, and capability building while ramping up the business model
  • designing the strategy, delivery and operating model, technology and data architecture, and ramping up the execution program of a new service business model for an incumbent, based on digital and advanced analytics
  • supporting the world’s leading e-sports organization in expanding their franchise across sports and formats
  • building the strategy, commercial model, and ramping up client delivery and sales capability for a new add-on service

Outside of Lari's work, he enjoys olympic weightlifting, golf, programming and machine learning competitions, hand-brewed coffee, and gaming. He also has a family of two sons and a wife – all avid gamers.

Published work

Can a Japanese pharmaceutical become a social innovator?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Tackling Europe’s gap in digital and AI,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2019

Past experience

Business development manager


Helsinki University of Technology
MSc, industrial management