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Dame Vivian Hunt

Senior Partner, London
Dame Vivian advises leading companies on a broad range of strategic topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation, productivity growth and organisational agility, as well as diversity and inclusion

About Vivian

Dame Vivian is a senior partner of the firm. She served as managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices from 2013-2020.

She previously led the firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice in EMEA and continues to advise a diverse range of corporate, public, and third sector clients on topics of performance improvement, productivity growth, and leadership. She has served on the firm’s global board of directors, its Values Committee, and several personnel committees.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Dame Vivian is a leader within the firm on productivity, leadership, and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey’s flagship research on these topics and has co-authored publications, such as The Power of Parity (2016), Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age (2018), Delivering through Diversity (2018) and Diversity Wins: how inclusion matters (2020). Most recently, Vivian has written Diversity still matters, which highlights the importance of inclusion and diversity during a pandemic, and COVID-19 in the United Kingdom: Assessing Jobs at Risk and the impact on people and places.

She was previously named as one of the top ten “most influential black people in Britain” by the Powerlist Foundation, and The Financial Times identified her both as one of the “European Women to Watch” and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London”.

She is active in a variety of business settings, including the CBI, UK’s Industrial Strategy Council, Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Council, the Trilateral Commission and is the former chair of BritishAmerican Business. She is a trustee of The British Museum, chairs the HRH Prince of Wales’ “Seeing is Believing” programme, and sits on the boards of the Southbank Centre, as well as Business in the Community, where she is a National Ambassador.

Dame Vivian is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Warwick, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York and an Honorary Fellowship from University College London (UCL).

In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

Dame Vivian holds both British and American citizenship, and is married with two children.

Published work

The case for stakeholder capitalism,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Problems amid progress: Improving lives and livelihoods for ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Ten things to know about gender equality,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2020

Diversity wins: How inclusion matters,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Diversity still matters,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2020

COVID-19 in the United Kingdom: Assessing jobs at risk and the impact on people and places,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

The future of women at work in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

Accelerating the diffusion of technology-enabled business practices,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Delivering through diversity,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

The power of parity: Advancing Women’s equality in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

Why diversity matters,” McKinsey & Company, January 2015

Past Experience

LEAP Inc.
Healthcare project director

Booz, Allen & Hamilton
Research associate

US Peace Corps
Senegal regional supervisor

Education

Harvard University, Graduate School of Business
MBA

Harvard University
AB, sociology