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Wesley Walden

Senior Partner, Melbourne
Leads transformation work across the Asia-Pacific region, advising clients on enterprise transformations with a focus on strategy, growth, productivity, organisational reform, and digital technology

About Wesley

Wesley leads McKinsey Transformation across the Asia-Pacific region. Over the past five years, he has been a key leader in the development of our Practice globally.

In his work, Wesley counsels CEOs, boards, and executive teams on complex, enterprise-level transformations across a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, banking and financial services, resources, oil and gas, energy, retail and consumer, transport and logistics, and industrials.

Wesley has supported clients on transformation efforts across Asia (primarily China, India, and Southeast Asia), Australia, Europe, and the United States.

Examples of his recent client experience include the following:

  • leading a multi-year transformation of a major Asian telecommunication company to fundamentally reshape and reposition the business in response to market disruptions from changes in broadband technologies and new market entrants, including an enterprise-wide transformation effort to drive a step change in productivity, the assessment of market structure and scenario implications, redesigning the future state of the business, and transitioning it to a functional operating model with agile ways of working
  • delivering a performance turnaround for a global resources company to support it to become one of the world’s highest performing precious metals business, including building an execution capability across the business to significantly increase production, repositioning the cost position of the business and its assets, and improving organisational health by two quartiles
  • managing a good-to-great transformation for an Asian downstream petroleum business to sustain top quartile total shareholder return performance and create the foundation for the next stage of growth, including working across all aspects of the business from upstream production through to retail network optimisation
  • leading the growth and digital transformation for an Asian bank, including its retail, business, and wholesale units, as well as building a new digital bank in an emerging market

Wesley currently serves as a member of the Grattan Institute’s Public Policy Committee and is an adviser (and former board member) of the Cathy Freeman Foundation, which supports excellence in the education of indigenous students.


The elements of success: A conversation with Jon Garcia and Wesley Walden”, McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Published work

How Australian companies can reinvent themselves in 2021,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

Why 2021 will define the next decade for Australian companies”, McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Why your next transformation should be ‘all in,’McKinsey Quarterly, October 2019

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

The elements of success: A conversation with Jon Garcia and Wesley Walden,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

"Act like a local: How to sell in emerging markets," Sales Growth: Insights from leading sales executives, September 2012

Past experience

WBM Oceanics Australia
Partner and state manager (Victoria)
Senior environmental consultant

Sinclair Knight Mertz
Water resources engineer


University of Melbourne and Chicago Graduate School of Business
MBA (Rupert Murdoch Fellow)

University of Queensland
MA, environmental engineering

University of Southern Queensland
BEng, engineering