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Sven Smit

Chairman and Director, McKinsey Global Institute, and Senior Partner, Amsterdam
Leads client service for McKinsey globally, codevelops the core of our Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, and works with leading companies to implement strategies and transformations

About Sven

Sven is the co-chair of the McKinsey Global Institute and has led our Western European region after having led the global Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice for 7 years. He is a member of the McKinsey Shareholder Council and the McKinsey Global Institute Council. Sven works with many leading companies to develop strategies for growth. His experience includes analyzing the success factors required for business growth, examining the way megatrends influence it, and defining the lessons of diversified growth, building on the ideas in The Granularity of Growth and Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick, two books he coauthored.

In addition, Sven participates in the development of McKinsey’s perspective on the economy. By building and applying macro scenarios, he helps to develop the firm’s point of view on core issues (such as economic volatility, inflation, and uncertainty) and defines ways to help clients navigate the problems.

Sven serves all industries and has the deepest experience in telecommunications, high tech, and consumer. He has coauthored MGI reports and articles on topics such as productivity and growth, urbanization, labor markets and the future of work, Europe's economic outlook, and emerging markets, as well as on our work on future trends in the world "toward a new narrative of progress."

Published work

From promise to delivery: Overcoming the strategy problem in the public sector,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Eurozone unemployment falls to a ten-year low,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Eight shifts that will take your strategy into high gear,McKinsey Quarterly, April 2018

Strategy to beat the odds,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2018

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick, John Wiley & Sons, 2018

The brightening mood of European business—and what it means for investment,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2017

Shifting tides: Global economic scenarios for 2015-25,” McKinsey & Company, September 2015

The outlook for global growth in 2015,” McKinsey & Company, March 2015

What strategists need: A meeting of the minds,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Unearthing the sources of value hiding in your corporate portfolio,” (PDF-280 KB) McKinsey on Finance, Autumn 2013

Are you beating the market?,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2013

The strategic yardstick you can’t afford to ignore,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2013

Understanding Asia’s conglomerates,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2013

The perils of best practice: Should you emulate Apple?,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2012

Managing the strategy journey,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2012

Have you tested your strategy lately?,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2011

The Granularity of Growth, John Wiley & Sons, 2008

Past experience

Philips Research Laboratories
Engineer, researcher

Education

INSEAD
MBA

Delft University of Technology
MA, mechanical engineering