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Martin Dewhurst

Senior PartnerLondon

Brings over 25 years of experience helping pharmaceutical, medtech, and consumer companies develop growth strategies and drive organizational and operational improvement


For more than 25 years, Martin has advised clients across Asia, Europe, and the United States, primarily in the pharmaceuticals, medtech, and consumer-goods industries. He is a global leader of McKinsey Health Institute, a non-profit-generating entity that partners with other organizations to address some of the world’s greatest health challenges.

His previous roles include global colead of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice, and leader of our pan-industry Organization Practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, in which he launched a firm-wide special initiative on managing global organizations.

Examples of Martin’s recent client work include the following:

  • leading a multiyear advanced-analytics transformation for a leading pharmaceuticals company
  • setting the ten-year strategy for a leading EU-based biopharmaceutical company
  • leading a major brand relaunch for a global leading biopharmaceuticals company
  • setting the salesforce strategy and go-to-market model for a global medical-products company
  • leading a multiyear productivity program, which including zero-based budgeting, organization, supply, and revenue growth, for a market-leading global consumer company

Outside of McKinsey, Martin is a trustee on the board of Asia House in London.

Published work

Living longer in better health: Six shifts needed for healthy aging,” McKinsey Health Institute, November 2022

Prioritizing brain health: Scaling what works to add years to life and life to years,” McKinsey Health Institute, November 2022

Leading with compassion: Prioritizing workplace mental health,” McKinsey Health Institute, October 2022

Heat waves, the war in Ukraine, and stigma: Gen Z’s perspectives on mental health,” McKinsey Health Institute, September 2022

Employee mental health and burnout in Asia: A time to act,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

In sickness and in health: How health is perceived around the world,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

Addressing employee burnout: Are you solving the right problem?,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Adding years to life and life to years,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

Can European biotechs achieve greater scale in a fragmented landscape?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Biopharma 2020: A landmark year and a reset for the future,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Ten innovations that can improve global health,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Winning against COVID-19: The implications for biopharma,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2017

Manager and machine: The new leadership equation,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Building the social enterprise,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2013

How multinationals can attract the talent they need,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2012

Managing at global scale,” McKinsey & Company, June 2012

The global company’s challenges,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2012

Understanding your ‘globalization penalty,’” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2011



Magdalen College, Oxford