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Suman Thareja

Partner, New Jersey
Leads digital and agile transformations, with a focus on building digital solutions through agile ways of working. Helps large organizations with their talent management strategy and capability building to accelerate innovation.

About Suman

Suman is a leader of McKinsey’s agile work, focusing on cross-industry digital transformations and talent management. She has two decades of experience building products through high-performing teams and shifting organizations to an agile operating model. She has led teams for large enterprises, working with leaders guiding at-scale transformations, and leading end-to-end digitization initiatives.

Suman helps her clients on their digital journey, including operating models, people strategy, capability building, talent management, and growing enterprise agility. She has deep expertise with holistic digital talent strategy from hire to retire including selection, recruiting, hiring, and retention of digital talent. On building digital solutions, she also coaches teams on developing portfolio and product roadmaps, and bringing them to life.

Examples of Suman’s recent work include the following:

  • building and deploying talent processes for a large human capital management company from the ground up, including scaling a program from 30 to 450 employees with world-class digital talent
  • building employee value propositions, socializing them in the market to drive brand recognition for digital talent, and building world-class teams from scratch, for a sports entertainment organization
  • leading implementation of an agile operating model for a large insurance client, improving collaboration between business and IT, overall time to market, and customer satisfaction at record pace
  • implementing a capability program to transform more than 50 business and IT members to become skilled practitioners for standalone enablement, increasing productivity by 120 percent for a leading hotel company

In addition to her client work, Suman is a thought leader on women in digital. She is passionate about growing new talent, and speaks on the subject at events such as Women Who Code in New York City, the Digital Women conference in Bogota, Colombia, and McKinsey Digital Women in Tech event in New York City, speaking to women leaders from across industries.

Published work

Revisiting agile teams after an abrupt shift to remote,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Busting a digital myth: The naturally gifted product owner,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018 


University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
BS, information systems