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Sylvain Johansson

Senior PartnerGeneva

Supports financial-services institutions in corporate and business-unit strategy, transformation, underwriting, risk, investment management, and the sustainability transition

Sylvain is the managing partner of the firm’s Geneva office. He serves financial-services institutions in Switzerland, across Europe, the United States, and Africa. In this capacity, he works with clients to meet the challenges and opportunities of the changing industry, focusing on growth strategies, operational efficiencies, and the transformation to more digital-enabled models. Sylvain actively supports insurance clients on the transition to more sustainable underwriting and investments.

As a leader of property and casualty in the firm’s insurance work in Europe, Sylvain works with commercial- and personal-lines clients as well as reinsurers, but also with life and health carriers.

In his geographical role, Sylvain also advises leading institutions in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

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

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