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Tip Huizenga

Senior PartnerSydney

Leads clients through comprehensive restructuring and transformation programs, drawing on substantial expertise in oil and gas, metals and mining and operations

Tip coleads McKinsey's RTS work in Australia. He specializes in taking on executive interim roles in order to lead financially distressed or challenged clients through end-to-end restructuring programs, improving both performance and organizational health.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Tip had more than 20 years’ experience guiding organizations through major change. He has stepped into a variety of positions, including chief restructuring officer, company director, consultant, and other executive and operational roles. He has a proven track record of returning underperforming companies to long-term health and helping well-performing companies outpace their peers.

Tip’s recent work crosses a range of sectors, including resources, manufacturing, and oil and gas. He has lived and worked in Asia, Australia, and Europe.

His experience prior to joining McKinsey includes the following:

  • leading the performance transformation of a billion-dollar resources company as its vice president of transformation, where the end-to-end program comprehensively addressed opportunities to improve volume, reduce costs, and improve organizational health and cash performance
  • leading the transformation office for an underperforming, $3 billion metals company, where support included oversight for a broad program of interventions that delivered a significant improvement in cash performance
  • coaching the leadership team of a major Australian smelter to drive operational transformation, where the team beat safety and operational targets for the first time in 10 years and achieved an improvement in cost performance

Prior to joining McKinsey, Tip held a number of line- and program-management roles at Shell International in Australia, Europe, and Japan. He led restructuring engagements for A.T. Kearney before joining Caltex Australia, where he was the general manager of two oil refineries and the head of risk reporting to the board.

Tip held both executive and senior operational positions for multinational oil and gas producers and refiners. He also worked for a number of years as a management consultant, leading engagements in consumer goods, retail, services, manufacturing, IT, and telecommunications. As a result of his extensive international work, Tip speaks five languages—English, Dutch, German, French, and a little Japanese.

Published Work

Accelerating capital projects to secure advantages in the net-zero transition,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Capital investment is about to surge: Are your operations ready?,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Here comes the 21st century’s first big investment wave. Is your capital strategy ready?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

The wisdom of transformations: How successful CEOs think about change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019


Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Eindhoven University of Technology
MA, mechanical engineering