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Pal Erik Sjatil

Senior Partner, Paris
Provides strategic support to multinational companies, with a focus on the automotive, financial services, and high-tech sectors

About Pal Erik

Pal Erik is the former managing partner for McKinsey in Europe as well as a member of the firm’s Shareholders Council and global partnership service team. He is an expert on global trends, digitization, telecommunications, and high tech, with a client portfolio that includes companies in the automotive, telecommunications, financial-services, and energy industries. The functional focus of his client work has been on corporate strategy, operations, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational transformations.

Pal Erik led McKinsey’s office in Norway (2007–10), was part of the leadership team for the Scandinavian offices, led the office complex in Eastern Europe (2010–14), and served as managing partner of McKinsey’s offices in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia/CIS, and Turkey (2014–18). In addition, he has held leadership roles in the firm’s Telecommunications, High Tech, and Strategy & Corporate Finance Practices.

Pal Erik served as an officer in the Norwegian Air Force before joining McKinsey. He is a passionate alpine and cross-country skier and enjoys hiking and traveling with his family.

Published work

Navigating the post-COVID-19 era: A strategic framework for European recovery,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Well-being in Europe: Addressing the high cost of COVID-19 on life satisfaction,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

The toughest leadership test,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

How European businesses can position themselves for recovery,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Europe needs to prepare now to get back to work—safely,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

How purpose-led missions can help Europe innovate at scale,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Reviving innovation in Europe,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2019

Inequality: A persisting challenge and its implications,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

‘Tech for Good’: Using technology to smooth disruption and improve well-being,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2019

Testing the resilience of Europe’s inclusive growth model,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2018

Doubling your company’s growth in a volatile region,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

A new dawn: Reigniting growth in Central and Eastern Europe,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2013


Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
MSc, industrial economics