Former McKinsey boss John Lydon joins Greater Sydney Commission

23 January 2022 2 min. read
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The planning body of the Greater Sydney Commission has appointed former McKinsey boss John Lydon to its executive.

The independent New South Wales government agency has named McKinsey & Company’s former Australia and New Zealand managing partner John Lydon as its new economic commissioner.

Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts pointed to Lydon’s deep leadership experience and economic expertise as a significant asset to the Commission. Lydon has been keeping busy since retiring from McKinsey & Company toward the end of last year after more than twenty-five years at the strategy and management consulting firm, including a five year stint as managing partner to 2019.

Former McKinsey boss John Lydon joins Greater Sydney Commission

Under his term as managing partner, McKinsey significantly diversified its operations in Australia and New Zealand, moving beyond traditional strategy consulting work to areas such as digital and analytics, capability building, commercial transformation, implementation and restructuring. “Through my term leading our practice, we tripled our scale and impact while becoming more diverse, inclusive and externally engaged,” said Lydon.

In addition to co-chairing the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition, Lydon has since his retirement also been serving as an Industry Professor with the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School.

Commenting on his latest challenge, Lydon said: “I am excited and grateful to have been appointed to the role of economic commissioner. I’m looking forward to working with the Commissioners and the great team at Greater Sydney Commission to help the whole region build long term, sustainable advantage as a terrific place to live, work and play.”

“John brings more than 25 years of leadership and economic experience and will lead the conversation around productivity and economy,” commented Roberts. “His appointment comes at a critical moment, as communities look to lift productivity and start the economic recovery, and with population and labour market shifts creating new opportunities for well-managed and sustainable growth,” commented Roberts.

The Greater Sydney Commission was established in 2016 as an independent government agency under the Department of Premier and Cabinet and tasked with strategic planning and other development responsibilities for Greater Sydney, with the aim of making it a more productive, liveable and sustainable city into the future. Greater Sydney is projected to grow to 8 million over the coming 40 years.