McKinsey & Company promotes six to partner in Australia

03 December 2021 3 min. read
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McKinsey & Company's Australian partnership has expanded its Australian partnership with six new members, taking the total number of partners to 55.

The global strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company has promoted the following six company members to partner across its Sydney and Melbourne offices: Angat Sandhu, Chloe Lamb, Emily Kiernan, Bevan Watson, Thomas Rüdiger Smith, and Alexey Goldov.

Angat Sandhu joins McKinsey in Sydney after close to a decade and a half with management consultancy Oliver Wyman, where he most recently served as a partner and head of the firm’s Insurance division for the Asia Pacific. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of New South Wales, he has also recently been an Insurtech guest lecturer at the uni, and previously started out as a risk management analyst at Macquarie Bank.

Chloe Lamb has been with McKinsey in Sydney since the middle of the year following her return to Australia from London, where she had risen to the level of associate partner at the management consulting giant over a decade to 2010. From there, she spent the next decade working as an independent consultant and in a number of other roles, including as a co-founder of fashion and jewellery designer Hillier Bartley.

A leader in McKinsey’s transport, logistics and infrastructure practice, Emily Kiernan has been elected to partner after seven and a half years at the firm, first joining in Chicago following a five-year stint in PwC’s consulting wing before switching to the Melbourne office three years ago. She holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, together with degrees in engineering and commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Bevan Watson has been elevated to partner after joining McKinsey in Sydney in 2017, having spent an earlier three-year stint at the firm upon completing a Master of International Business at the University of Sydney. From there, he joined Lendlease in London as Head of Recycling & Renewables, and prior to rejoining McKinsey bought and performed a turnaround on a business teaching music to school-kids across Australia.

Thomas Rüdiger Smith leads McKinsey’s Australia and New Zealand retail and consumer business out of Sydney, with a focus on data-driven transformations. He has been with McKinsey for a little over a decade, first joining in Denmark as a junior associate before steadily working his way up the ranks between Copenhagen and Melbourne. He holds a Masters in Finance and Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School.

A specialist in large-scale technology transformations within the services industries, Alexey Goldov has been elected to partner after close to eight years with the firm, first joining as an associate in Moscow before transferring to Sydney in 2016. Prior to McKinsey, Goldov spent just shy of seven years with Citi Private Bank in Russia, the UK and Switzerland, rising to Associate Vice President and managing $300 million worth of assets.

In addition to the newly-elected partners, existing partners Bob Evans, Brindan Suresh and Helen Mayhew have joined the firm’s Australian practice from international offices, taking its total local partnership to 55.

According to a recent analysis by LinkedIn, McKinsey is one of Australia’s top companies to work for.