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Marcos Tarnowski

Senior PartnerMontréal

Marcos Tarnowski

Senior PartnerMontréal

Helps large institutional and other principal investors on a range of investment strategy, risk, operational improvement, market scan, and due diligence issues

Marcos coleads McKinsey’s institutional investing work globally. He has worked extensively with many of the world’s leading institutional investors, including large pension plans and sovereign wealth funds across Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Marcos has helped numerous institutions transform their investment strategies, including through a focus on absolute return investing and through emerging markets and thematic investing, and has worked with all investment groups across liquid and illiquid asset classes. He has also helped a number of clients execute transformations of their governance structures, risk management approaches, operations, and talent management.

Marcos is author of The best of times and the worst of times for institutional investors: How institutional investors should adapt their strategies to the changing investment landscape, which was the result of a global benchmarking initiative of large institutional investors collectively representing almost $4 trillion in capital. He is also a chartered financial analyst.

Published work

How institutional investors can gain a performance edge,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Performance edge: Investors hone their strategies for a new era, McKinsey & Company, July 2023

It’s time to become a digital investing organization,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

From big to great: the world’s leading institutional investors forge ahead,” (PDF–813KB) McKinsey & Company, June 2016

The best of times and the worst of times for institutional investors” (PDF–1.0 MB) McKinsey & Company, August 2011

Past experience

Palomino Capital

Bombardier, Inc.



Concordia University