Dominic Barton 101
On March 1, Reuters Global Editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland sits down with McKinsey & Company Global Managing Director Dominic Barton. In anticipation of the event, here’s some helpful background on Barton and McKinsey:
Barton grew up in a small town in Canada. Out of his high school class of 200 students, Barton was one of just six to go on to attend college. Barton graduated from the University of British Columbia and went on to study at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar and received an MPhil in Economics. He came back to Canada and joined McKinsey in their Toronto office in 1986. In 2000, he was given the chance to lead McKinsey’s office in Korea and decided to take the offer despite being told by many mentors not to take it. He was so successful in his role, that in he then became the chairman of Asia, based in Shanghai, from 2004 to 2009.
In his 24 years with McKinsey, Barton has advised clients in a wide range of industries, ranging from financial sector reform to technology to public and private governance. Barton was named the as one of the National Associations of Corporate Directors list of 100 most influential people in corporate governance. He wrote “China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China” and is also co-author of “Dangerous Markets.”
McKinsey, founded in 1926, is the world’s leading management consulting firm. According to Forbes, McKinsey was the world’s 43rd largest privately held company in 2010. They deal with companies in industries ranging from automotive and telecommunications to travel and entertainment. In addition to their consulting business, they also publish the business journal “McKinsey Quarterly” and run the McKinsey Global Institute, the company’s economics research arm.
So, when one of the leaders of one of the world’s biggest consulting firms sits down with Reuters on March 1, what would you like us to ask him?