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Maria Albonico


Advises leading companies on commercial strategies as well as organizational and performance transformations in the financial services and private equity sectors; leads our SME research in the UK

Maria helps financial institutions and private equity groups across diligences and performance transformation efforts - combining in year impact (both on revenues and costs) and longer terms capability building and transformation. She also is a core member of McKinsey European advanced analytics group within our Financial Services Practice.

Examples of Maria’s recent work include the following:

  • leading a two-year revenue transformation effort for a global merchant acquirer and processor, achieving an approximate of eight percent increase in net income
  • “diligencing” several European assets in the insurance and asset management space
  • outlining and implementing a growth strategy for a leading European payments company, resulting in penetrating the mid-market space
  • transforming cost profiles of a UK leading insurance provider by identifying a series of transformative and incremental cost levers aimed at reducing cost base by 20 percent in 24 months
  • leading extensive work on SMEs acquisition and go-to-market models across both private and public sector, as well as relevant research in this space

Maria serves on the Board of Sadlers’ Wells Theatre.


How small businesses can get one over the big boys in Zoom revolution” (subscription required), The Times, August 2020

Published work

Insurers must rethink the SME segment: Lessons from the United Kingdom,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting UK small and medium-size enterprises,”McKinsey & Company, June 2020

UK companies to shun business interruption insurance,” Financial Times, May 2020


London Business School

SDA Bocconi School of Management
MSc, arts management