McKinsey appoints eight partners in Australia and New Zealand

13 December 2020 3 min. read
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Global strategy consulting giant McKinsey & Company has appointed eight new partners in Australia and New Zealand.

Ben Stretch is a leader in McKinsey’s strategy, private equity and financial institutions practices in Australia and New Zealand. The Sydney-based partner advises financial institutions and private equity firms on strategy, acquisitions, divestitures and transaction due diligence. He joined McKinsey in 2017 from Boston Consulting Group, and previously served investment bank Macquarie Group.

Olivia Loadwick advises financial-services clients and major public sector institutions on strategy, transformational change, mergers & acquisitions and regulatory change. She has additional experience across a range of other sectors, including infrastructure, property, resources, retail and consumer, services, and telecommunications. Prior to joining McKinsey in 2016, she worked for corporate advisory firm Pottinger and Adara Partners.

Loadwick is the co-founder of The Glass Elevator, an organisation dedicated to increasing the number of women in senior executive positions.

McKinsey appoints eight partners in Australia and New Zealand

Eleanor Bensley is a partner in McKinsey’s banking practice. She re-joined the consultancy at the start of 2019 from Commonwealth Bank, where she was CEO adviser and head of projects, retail sales and service. Sydney-based Bensley specialises in helping commercial banking clients with strategy, operating models, distribution and transformation.

Victor Finkel and Seckin Ungur have both been promoted to partner in McKinsey’s public sector practice. Canberra-based Finkel advises federal government and agencies on reform, operations and technology to improve customer service.

Ungur joined McKinsey four years ago having previously held several roles at the NSW Government, leading strategic policy work on a diverse range of portfolios. The Sydney-based partner advises governments on education reform, customer experience improvement and intelligent automation.

Peter Lambert is a 23-year veteran at McKinsey & Company. He is a partner in the oil & gas practice, providing advice to energy and gas companies related to growth strategy, gas markets and operational performance.

Cris Cunha and Michaela Freeland have both been admitted into the partnership of QuantumBlack, a McKinsey subsidiary since 2015 following the acquisition of UK-based QuantumBlack. The division has since expanded into a number of McKinsey geographies, including Asia, the United States and Australia.

Cunha supports clients in the oil and gas, mining, and utility sectors with advanced analytics and data-driven digital transformation. He is based in Perth, and previously served Fortescue Metals Group and BHP. Freeland is based in McKinsey’s Auckland office – she specialises in advising companies in the retail and consumer goods sector on data analytics and data-driven innovation.

Commenting on the intake, McKinsey ANZ managing partner Angus Dawson said to AFR: “I’m incredibly excited by the calibre and diversity of our new partners and the impact they have made through a challenging year.”

US-headquartered McKinsey & Company first launched in Australia in 1962. The consultancy is estimated to have around 550 partners, consultants and staff nationally, operating from offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.