McKinsey's Australian partner team boosted by international arrivals

07 December 2021 3 min. read
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Strategy consultancy McKinsey & Company has boosted its Australian partner team by the recent arrival of three reinforcements from overseas.

While the Big Four are busy fretting about a mass overseas exodus of young local talent with the reopening of Australia’s international borders, McKinsey & Company has meanwhile recently managed to lure three experienced partners from its overseas offices, with Brindan Suresh, Bob Evans and Helen Mayhew joining the firm’s local practice in Sydney. Together, they have collectively spent almost four decades at the firm.

Working primarily in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, Brindan Suresh joined McKinsey in Sydney on his return to Australia from London, where he led the management consulting firm’s UK & Ireland Pharmaceutical and Medical Products service lines.

McKinsey's Australian partner team boosted by international arrivals

Suresh has spent close to the past 15 years at McKinsey & Company, serving clients around the world, before which he served as a doctor at the Royal North Shore Hospital and as a research assistant with Bain & Company.

Bob Evans is also an Australian returnee, after having spent close to the past nine years working his way up the McKinsey ranks to partner in the firm’s New York office. Focused mainly on strategy and M&A advisory for clients in the energy, materials and industrial sectors, Evans had also spent an early three-and-a-half-year stint as a business analyst with McKinsey between Sydney and London, after starting out as a paralegal in corporate law with Freehills.

Helen Mayhew joined McKinsey’s Australian practice toward the middle of the year, having spent more than a decade with the firm in the UK – including the past three and a half years at McKinsey’s data analytics arm QuantumBlack, for which she served as Chief Operating Officer for Europe.

She now leads the QuantumBlack practice in Australia, supporting top level leaders in the public and private sectors on innovation and performance through advanced analytics.

Incidentally, Mayhew is also a former sailing world champion, who has previously raced in the Sydney to Hobart. This background would have no doubt placed her in good stead when the Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup syndicate tapped McKinsey to support it with its (ultimately won) finals challenge earlier this year, for which Mayhew and the QuantumBlack team built an AI bot within a simulator to aid with hydrofoil design.

The arrival of Evans, Suresh and Mayhew, together with the recent election of six new partners in Sydney and Melbourne (Angat Sandhu, Chloe Lamb, Emily Kiernan, Bevan Watson, Alexey Goldov and Thomas Rüdiger Smith), takes McKinsey’s total Australian partnership numbers to almost five dozen.

Speaking with the AFR, McKinsey ANZ managing partner Angus Dawson said the additions “embody our optimism about the future”.