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Michiel Kruyt

Partner, Amsterdam
Draws on deep behavioral and organizational expertise to help leadership teams improve alignment and effectiveness. Helps clients with large-scale performance-culture transformations and leadership development.

About Michiel

Michiel Kruyt leads McKinsey’s global work on top-team alignment, helping senior teams in many industries improve their effectiveness and strengthen company performance. He also designs and helps implement large-scale performance-transformation and behavior-change programs across entire organizations.

Before joining McKinsey’s New York office in 2005, Michiel worked for Unilever for 15 years in the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States in a variety of sales, marketing, and managerial roles—in his last role he was part of the post-acquisition executive team of a billion-dollar food company. Driven by a health crisis, he undertook a journey of personal transformation. He found that the insights he gained had a profound impact on his self-awareness as a leader, and on his capacity to relate to his colleagues and to make change happen. As a result of this experience he decided to deepen his knowledge and skills in facilitating personal and group transformations, and he joined McKinsey.

Today, Michiel applies his organizational, business, and facilitation expertise in top-team and performance-transformation efforts across a wide range of settings and sectors.

For example, he helped a logistics company’s executive team work through an IPO and adapt its governance model and teamwork. He has supported the family owners of a large industrial conglomerate as they transition their leadership and governance model to the next generation. Michiel also helped a global high-tech company change its performance culture and develop its top 2,000 leaders in the context of a large-scale corporate transformation.

Michiel has been on the faculty at the Harvard Negotiation Project’s summer forum where he taught “Transforming conflict into creativity,” and at the Omega Institute in New York where he taught “Embodied leadership.”

Published work

Zoning in and out of stress,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, November 2020

How to demonstrate calm and optimism in a crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

From bottom to top: Turning around the top team,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2014

Three steps to building a better top team,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2011

Past experience

Unilever (Netherlands, Italy, United States)
Roles in innovation, sales, marketing, and general management


Amsterdam University