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Sylvain Johansson

McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior PartnerGeneva

Leads the McKinsey Global Institute and supports financial-services institutions in strategy, transformation, underwriting, risk, investment management, sustainability and the net-zero transition

Sylvain is a senior partner at McKinsey and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm’s business and economics research arm. He is also a leader of property and casualty in the McKinsey’s insurance work in Europe and serves commercial-and personal-lines clients as well as reinsurers and life and health carriers. He previously served as the managing partner of the Geneva office.

His work with financial-services institutions in Switzerland, across Europe, the United States, and Africa focuses on growth strategies, operational efficiencies, and the transformation to more digital-enabled models. Sylvain has led research and actively supports insurance clients on the transition to more sustainable underwriting and investments.

Sylvain holds a master’s degree in communication systems from EPFL in Lausanne and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York.

Outside of work, Sylvain is an avid alpine skier and golfer.

Published work

Investment: Taking the pulse of European competitiveness,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2024

Decarbonizing P&C claims,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

Net-zero underwriting in P&C and the growth at stake,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Capturing the climate opportunity in insurance,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

State of property and casualty insurance 2020,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Coronavirus response: Short- and long-term actions for P&C insurers,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Tackling the IoT opportunity for commercial lines insurance,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Commercial lines insurtech: A pathway to digital,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

Evolving insurance cost structures,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

Global reinsurance, fit for the future?,” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

Past experience


Manager, software engineer


Leonard N. Stern School of Business

MS, communication systems