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Rajat Dhawan

Managing Partner, India, Gurugram
Passionate about transformational and holistic impact for clients across sectors and geographies; founder of a series of McKinsey innovations; a servant leader, bringing together colleagues and clients to create enduring impact for the country and its communities

About Rajat

Rajat is the managing partner for McKinsey’s India office which spans seven locations. He advises leading companies on topics related to strategy and performance transformation. With a passion for creating lasting impact with clients, he has supported dozens of companies across Asia and Europe on their transformation journey to become preeminent national and global leaders. Since joining the firm in 1997, Rajat has served clients in the automotive, advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and basic materials sectors. He has led the advanced industries practices in Asia since 2017 and previously co-led the Operations Practice in the region.

Within McKinsey, Rajat has focused on serial innovations that would improve client performance and save time, such as founding the Centers of Competence in India, which centralizes functional expertise in a range of topics including product development, manufacturing, and purchasing, and the digital capability center, a unique Industry 4.0 experience for clients.

Rajat also contributes to knowledge creation and policy discussions on growing India’s GDP, especially in its manufacturing sector. He supports the Confederation of Indian Industry on the twin themes of holistic-business transformation and global competitiveness. A thought leader in the automotive sector, he has partnered for many years with industry bodies including the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association, helping to catalyze the growth of the industry. In collaboration with the Quality Council of India, he has helped shape the quality transformation journey for small and medium enterprises.

He co-founded the Time India Awards, a collaboration between McKinsey and Time Magazine to recognize excellence and innovation in Indian manufacturing. He is also a founder and sponsor of Ashoka University, a leading liberal arts university in India.

Published work

The CEO agenda for companies in advanced industries,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

A new growth formula for manufacturing in India,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Five priorities for corporate India in the next normal after COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

The future of Asia: Asian flows and networks are defining the next phase of globalization,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2019

Mobility’s second great inflection point ,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2019

How industrial companies can respond to disruptive forces,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

When big data goes lean,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2014 

Fulfilling the promise of India's manufacturing sector,” McKinsey & Company, March 2012


Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur