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Tony Fagan


Leads McKinsey’s transformation assets in Asia and Europe and global, cross-functional teams in developing and delivering innovative, world-class assets that enable clients to plan and execute transformations at scale

Tony is an experienced client advisor, people leader, and entrepreneur with 16 years of expertise in building, innovating, and scaling solutions that help clients across the world to deliver successful, large-scale transformation and change programs.

In 2010, he cofounded Wave by McKinsey, the firm’s proprietary program-management platform, and was instrumental in scaling it to become one of our largest, most successful solutions. Wave has been deployed at over 1,000 organizations globally, helping clients to successfully execute a range of programs including rapid turnarounds, strategy executions, and post-merger integrations, as well as digital and operations transformations.

Tony leads high-performance global teams that help organizations deliver holistic and sustainable impact in transformations, and he brings data-backed insights on transformation best practices to ensure clients can optimize the planning and delivery of each phase of the program.

Select examples of Tony’s client work include the following:

  • helping a global mining company establish a tech-enabled performance infrastructure to manage delivery of multiple simultaneous transformation programs across its assets, and to embed Wave as the single source of truth for a best-in-class, post-transformation continuous improvement program
  • driving new product innovations in McKinsey’s transformation solutions to help a consumer-electronics manufacturer in Asia deliver a large-scale digital transformation and track program impact all the way to its bottom line
  • supporting a Southeast Asian electricity provider as it breathed new life into the execution of its transformation program by benchmarking performance against a set of peers and actioning data-based insights that enabled targeted interventions to improve performance

Published work

Keeping transformations on target,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017


University of Auckland
BS, biochemistry