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Matthew Smith

Partner and Chief Learning Officer, Paris
Develops and executes our firmwide learning-and-development strategy for more than 29,000 colleagues globally

About Matthew

Matt serves as the firm’s chief learning officer, responsible for developing our firm’s learning-and-development strategy and for the execution of learning-and-development programs for more than 29,000 colleagues globally.

Prior to his current role, he served as chief of staff to McKinsey’s global managing partner and spent 10 years as a consultant and leader in McKinsey’s Organization and Pharmaceutical & Medical Products Practices. He sits on the firm’s global partner-election committee.

Matt previously led our pharmaceutical organization work, leading a global team of consultants who drove McKinsey’s client service and knowledge development on organization design, change management, and transformation in the pharmaceutical and medical-products industry. Prior to this role, he led the firm’s organization-insights work in the Americas, focusing on developing cutting-edge analytical approaches to address organizational issues.

Matt has published several articles on organizational and talent topics, including in Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly. He served as senior faculty for McKinsey’s Change Leaders Forum program, where he brought his research and experience in change management to senior executives across sectors. He was the research director for the recently published book Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018).

Published work

The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage ,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

How Companies Are Using Simulations, Competitions, and Analytics to Hire,” Harvard Business Review, April 2016

The hidden value of organizational health—and how to capture it,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2014

“Beyond hiring: An integrated approach to talent management,” McKinsey on Government, Spring 2011

“Riding the hiring wave: Capturing the unprecedented opportunity in public sector talent management,” Making it Work in Government, McKinsey & Company, July 2010


Cornell University
MA, human capital management

Harvard University
BA in government