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Ryan Davies

Senior PartnerWashington DC

Helps clients execute large-scale transformations to create substantial and enduring improvements in organizational performance and health

Ryan Davies is a senior partner based in Washington, DC, and has served clients across the globe on topics related to performance transformation, corporate finance, strategy, and sustainability. He leads McKinsey’s work in global energy and materials for the Mid-Atlantic region, and primarily serves clients in chemicals, agriculture, metals and mining, energy, and industrial manufacturing.

Examples of his recent work include the following:

  • holistic transformation of a global chemicals company, resulting in dramatic improvements in performance and health within 18 months
  • holistic transformation for a leading global materials logistics and processing company, including deployment of company-wide capability building program
  • leading value capture for the merger of two chemicals companies, resulting in the achievement of almost two times the management goal in synergies
  • embedding as full member of senior management team during a performance partnership with a global industrial business across strategic and operational topics
  • leading portfolio review and activist defense engagement for a large global industrial company
  • assessing split of materials company with an activist shareholder, and subsequent value creation roadmap for one of the emerging public companies

Prior to joining McKinsey, Ryan worked in risk management for a multi-strategy hedge fund and as a policy analyst for a member of the US Senate Committee on energy and natural resources.

Published Work

Why isn’t your transformation showing up in the bottom line?” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

Why commercial use could be the future of carbon capture,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

In search of a better stretch target,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Why CFOs need a bigger role in business transformations,” McKinsey & Company, February 2017


Harvard University
BA, applied math and computer science