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Paul Sheng

Senior PartnerHouston

Advises senior executives of leading national and international oil companies, exploration and production companies, private-equity firms, and oilfield services providers worldwide


Paul is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Houston office and leads our Oil & Gas Practice globally and the Global Energy and Materials Practice. His client work spans corporate governance, growth strategy, capital productivity, operations and supply chain, business-unit strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and functional excellence.

Having been with McKinsey for close to 20 years, Paul’s clients have included a major oil company, regional oil companies in Latin America, the Middle East, China, and Africa, regional exploration and production independents, private-equity firms, and oilfield services providers.

Examples of Paul’s client projects include the restructuring of exploration and production for a major oil company, the development of a planning and performance-management system for an independent oil company, and the building of merger and acquisition and post-merger capabilities at a Middle Eastern energy company. He has also supported an African national oil company through a long-term transformation and advised on the diagnostics and design of a capital management system for a Chinese national oil company.

Paul has also led our work on commercial due diligence, market assessment, and post-acquisition improvement for several private-equity acquisitions in oilfield services.

Within McKinsey, Paul has led knowledge-development initiatives on managing mature assets, the workforce of the future, the oilfield services sector, and strategic benchmarking.

Before joining McKinsey, Paul was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

Published work

Oil and gas: New sources of growth,” in “Africa’s path to growth: Sector by sector,” McKinsey & Company, June 2010

Past experience

University of California, Berkeley
Associate professor


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, MS, and BS mechanical engineering