A Surge in Expertise: Australia Welcomes Seven Partners to McKinsey & Company

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McKinsey & Company recently announced the addition of seven new partners in Australia—an influx of senior talents promising to bring a wealth of experience and expertise across multiple industries.

Since 1962, McKinsey & Company has been a prominent presence in Australia. It is estimated to have over 600 partners, consultants and personnel nationally employed from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices.

In 2017, the esteemed Sophie Underwood joined McKinsey in Sydney after receiving accolades as an associate to Susan Kiefel, Australia’s High Court Chief Justice. Underwood works within McKinsey’s Sustainability leadership team, helping clients combat climate risk while transitioning to net zero emissions.

Abe Levavi is no stranger to the media, as he serves as McKinsey’s Consumer & Retail practice leader in Australia and New Zealand. Before becoming a part of McKinsey in 2014, Mr Levavi took two years off from his venture capital start-up – before which he attended several investment analysis institutions based out of New York City for quite some time!

Gareth Jones is a distinguished leader in McKinsey’s Strategic Transformations and Fast Growth Tech practices. Before joining McKinsey in 2014, Jones served as the Europe head of Institutional Services for Edison Investment Research & Advisory Group. He was also formerly employed at Citi before that.

Having been part of McKinsey for nearly ten years, Jonathan Christy is a new partner in Sydney. His current activities centre around private equity, institutional investing, transactions and growth strategy; furthermore, he had spent three years with Accenture and PwC before embarking on this journey.

Jean-Charles Cizel has been with McKinsey for over ten years, beginning as a Parisian postgraduate of the prestigious École Nationale des Ponts et chaussées and earning an INSEAD MBA before relocating to Sydney in 2012. After spending some time at their New York office, he returned to Australia and was given Associate Partner status last year.

Evan Williams has been part of McKinsey since 2009; he did take a two-year break to study MBA at the University of California’s Haas School of Business. Beginning his career as a research clerk with Baker & McKenzie, Evan also acted as an instructor at UNSW during his time at McKinsey and is currently working in the Sydney office’s digital transformation section. Since 2019, he has served as an associate there.

Deva Grant has been McKinsey’s mainstay for the past three decades in multiple People Function positions. She served as director of professional development for over ten years before assuming her current role as head of People Function for Asia and China out of Sydney in 2016.

“McKinsey and Company are committed to providing the highest quality consulting services,” says Grant. “Our team works diligently to ensure our clients receive the most up-to-date advice and solutions. We strive to maintain a positive working environment with motivated professionals passionate about delivering results.”

From corporate strategy and operational effectiveness to climate risk and digital transformation, McKinsey’s associates are ready to help clients reach their goals.

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