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Mary Meaney

Senior Partner, Paris
Coleads the Organization Practice globally and is one of the leading experts in Transformational Change

About Mary

Mary works with a broad range of clients in all sectors on performance and organizational health issues, applying her deep understanding of change management and organizational transformations. She primarily advises clients in the consumer-packaged-goods, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, as well in as the public sector. She is also active in other sectors as diverse as energy, basic materials, mining, high tech, and private equity.

Mary is a co-founder of the McKinsey Women’s Initiative, which aims to promote women leaders in business. In this context, she regularly participates in McKinsey research evaluating the progress of women in leadership in the corporate world, and recommending means of fostering it. Her research work on leadership also addresses the behavioral dynamics in operational and management teams.

A Rhodes scholar, Mary began her career in our office in Washington, DC, and then spent 13 years in our London office. She moved to Paris in 2011.

In addition to her consulting work, Mary is a member of the board of trustees of TeachFirst, and the board of governors of Teach for All, a global network that promotes educational accessibility for all. She is also a member of the Business Development Committee of the Philharmonia Orchestra.


What every leader needs to know about organizational management

Published work

Successfully transitioning to new leadership roles,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Be rational about irrationality,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, January 2018

Welcome to the ‘Insights on Leadership & Organization’ Blog,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Leading Organizations: Ten Timeless Truths, Bloomsbury Business, March 2017

“Creating lasting change,” Voices on Transformation 4, McKinsey & Company, December 2010 (PDF– 4.75 MB)

Corporate transformation under pressure,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2009

Past experience

South Bronx Educational Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

Centre for Strategic and International Studies


University of Oxford, Merton College

Princeton University, Woodrow School of Public and International Affairs