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Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, London
Leads our offices in the United Kingdom and Ireland; advises leading companies on a broad range of strategic topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development

About Vivian

Vivian is the managing partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a senior partner of the firm.

Vivian previously led the firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice in EMEA and continues to advise corporate, public and third sector clients on topics of performance improvement, productivity growth and leadership. Vivian serves on the firm’s global board of directors, its Values Committee, and several personnel committees.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Vivian is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey’s flagship research on the topic and has co-authored publications, such as Why Diversity Matters, Delivering through Diversity, and The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth and most recently, The Future of Women at Work – Transitions in the age of automation. She was previously named as one of the top ten “most influential black people in Britain” by the Powerlist Foundation, and The Financial Times identified her as one of the “European Women to Watch” and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London”.

She is active in a variety of business settings, including the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Council, the CBI, the UK’s Industrial Strategy Council, the Trilateral Commission and chairs BritishAmerican Business. She is a trustee of The British Museum and on the board of the Southbank Centre, The Henry Smith Charitable Trust, and Business in the Community (where she is a National Ambassador and chairs the Prince’s “Seeing is Believing” programme). She is chair of Teach First and a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Vivian is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Warwick, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York and an Honorary Fellowship from University College London (UCL).

In 2018, Vivian was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

Vivian holds both British and American citizenship, and is married with two children.

Published work

COVID-19 in the United Kingdom: Assessing jobs at risk and the impact on people and places,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

The future of women at work in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

Accelerating the diffusion of technology-enabled business practices,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Delivering through diversity,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

The power of parity: Advancing Women’s equality in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

Why diversity matters,” McKinsey & Company, January 2015

Past Experience

Healthcare project director

Booz, Allen & Hamilton
Research associate

US Peace Corps
Senegal regional supervisor


Harvard University, Graduate School of Business

Harvard University
AB, sociology