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Michael Birshan

Senior PartnerLondon

Global coleader of our Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, partnering with bold and determined leaders to set strategy, transform organizations, and deliver sustainable value

Michael co-leads McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice globally. He also serves on the McKinsey Global Institute council – which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends – as well as the committee that develops and evaluates our partners around the world.

Michael partners with bold and determined executives to set strategy, transform organizations, and deliver sustainable value. He has served companies around the world at the board and executive-committee levels across a diverse set of industries, as well as institutions in the public and social sectors, and his work is often shaped by insights and analogies from other contexts. Michael’s deepest sector expertise is in energy, natural resources, and industrials, where he works with several of the leading global organizations across their agenda.

Passionate about helping talented executives to succeed as individuals – particularly as they take on new roles – Michael co-leads McKinsey’s research on CEO excellence, as well as MGI’s research on companies in the 21st century. His perspectives have been published and cited in the McKinsey Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and Financial Times, among other leading publications.

Michael is a director of BritishAmerican Business, a governor of the Royal College of Art and the British Film Institute, and a former trustee of the Marshall Scholarships and the World Schools Debating Championships. In 2016, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Based in London, Michael previously worked in McKinsey’s San Francisco and Mumbai offices. He studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at the University of Oxford and holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.


Harvard Business School
MBA (Baker Scholar)

University of Oxford (Balliol College)
MA, philosophy, politics, and economics