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Vik Malhotra

Senior PartnerNew York

Focuses on counseling CEOs and Boards on performance transformation, corporate strategy, governance, growth strategies, organizational effectiveness, and operational improvement.

Vik Malhotra is McKinsey’s Chairman of the Americas. He has held key internal leadership roles over the years, including serving on McKinsey’s Shareholders Council for 12 years, leading our Senior Partner Committee, and leading parts of our banking and life insurance groups.

Vik joined the firm in 1986 and has spent his career in the New York office. During his time at McKinsey, his consulting experience has covered a broad range of assignments on performance transformation, corporate strategy, business unit strategy, growth strategies, organizational effectiveness, and operational improvement. Much of Vik’s current focus is on counseling CEOs and boards on a range of issues.

He is a co-author of the New York Times bestseller, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest.

Vik is also active with major non-profits outside McKinsey. He currently serves as chair of the board at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a trustee of The New York City Partnership and a Trustee Emeriti of the Asia Society.

Published work

Serving a greater purpose: CEO Excellence revisited,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

The CEOs secret to successful leadership: CEO Excellence revisited,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

How to prepare for the CEO role,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

Sending it forward: Successfully transitioning out of the CEO role,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2023

Voices of CEO excellence: Merck’s Ken Frazier,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Staying ahead: How the best CEOs continually improve performance,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2023

Actions the best CEOs are taking in 2023,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Stepping up: Becoming a high-potential CEO candidate,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2023

Starting strong: Making your CEO transition a catalyst for renewal,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2022

Voices of CEO excellence: Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

How to be a great 21st-century CEO,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Leadership lessons from the world’s best CEOs,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

Author Talks: What separates the best CEOs from the rest?,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Five misconceptions about productivity,” McKinsey & Company, March 2011

Growth and renewal in the United States: Retooling America's economic engine,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2011

Productivity and growth: The enduring connection,” Wall Street Journal, February 2011


The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

London School of Economics
BA, economics