About Ramesh

Ramesh is a senior partner and a founding partner of McKinsey’s locations in Chennai and Bangalore. He co-leads our Operations Practice in India and Asia and previously led the firm’s Social Sector Practice in Asia.

Ramesh has led multiple projects to assess and help realize the full potential of India’s manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, in collaboration with leading industry associations. He has led a major McKinsey knowledge initiative on global trends in sourcing manufactured goods from low-cost countries, identifying effective responses for companies in both developed and emerging economies.

In his client work, Ramesh supports large companies in shaping strategy, building operational excellence, and strengthening their organizations. For example, he has developed 5-year growth strategies for several major businesses in the civil, infrastructure, concessions and heavy manufacturing sectors and has also designed and implemented a multi-year growth and operational-excellence program for a manufacturing conglomerate.

A key focus of Ramesh’s work is on building leadership and talent, often through long-term partnerships with his clients. For example, he helped create a multi-year leadership development program for a major engineering firm to support a strategy of rapid growth. He also designed the organization structure and talent model for a diversified engineering and infrastructure corporation.

In the social and public sectors, Ramesh has helped define strategy in school education, including an organization and implementation plan; and developed a strategy for skills development to aid people at the bottom of the economic pyramid, primarily in India.

Outside McKinsey, Ramesh actively contributes to non-profit organizations in the education and disability fields. He serves on the boards of the Pratham Education Foundation and the Pratham Skills Institute, amongst India’s largest NGOs. He also serves on the Executive Council at Chennai City Connect, a non-profit focused on the city’s planning and infrastructure needs. Ramesh is a keen long-distance runner.

Published work

Designing philanthropy for impact” (PDF–5.64 KB), McKinsey, October 2013

“Scaling the Indian automotive aftermarket: Path to profitable growth” (PDF–1.22 MB), McKinsey, Presented at the CII Auto Service Conference 2012, November 2012

“Retaining the edge: Sustaining South India’s growth momentum” (PDF–1.22 MB), Confederation of Indian Industry, March 2011

Educating for tomorrow”, Business Today, March 2011


Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
BTech in Metallurgical Engineering