About Yakov

Yakov is a leader in our Organization Practice in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He is an expert on organizational and cultural change management related to digital and advanced analytics and broader transformations and their critical components, including agile organization development, cultural change, new business-model development, and talent management.

Yakov serves leading companies in the region in both the private and public sectors. He has facilitated many multiyear programs focused on holistic performance transformations and capability building in a broad variety of industries, from basic materials and transportation to e-hailing services.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • supporting a leading metals producer in its innovation transformation by initiating changes in culture, governance, and performance management
  • developing a culture transformation at a mining company that resulted in a new successfully designed and piloted top-team evaluation model, which helped to significantly boost top-team effectiveness
  • guiding the creation of a joint venture for two technology companies, including full technical integration, cultural transformation, and support of key day-to-day activities for a NewCo to ensure no disturbance in customer experience
  • developing a holistic digital and advanced-analytics transformation in urban mobility for a major metropolitan area

Yakov is an active participant in numerous business events and forums, where he speaks on organizational topics. He is the author of several articles on organizational development, advanced analytics-driven transformations, and culture change, as well as on the unique challenges facing Russia and the CIS.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Yakov worked as a senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences, a professor at the Moscow State University and a columnist at various Russian business media, such as Russian Newsweek and Vedomosti.

Published work

Уйти в прорыв, Harvard Business Review, October 2018 (in Russian)

Магия данных, Harvard Business Review, September 2018 (in Russian)

Инновации в России – неисчерпаемый источник роста, McKinsey Innovation Practice, July 2018 (in Russian)

Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great,” McKinsey & Company, June 2015

Quick fixes: How one European city got moving (literally),” McKinsey & Company, November 2014


Russian Academy of Sciences
PhD, economics

London Business School


Moscow Lomonosov State University
MS, international economics