Dominic Barton at the 2009 World Economic Forum
|Employer||McKinsey & Company, Inc.|
|Title||Senior Partner and Worldwide Managing Director|
Dominic Barton was born in Kampala, Uganda in 1962. Barton's father was an Anglican missionary who helped develop a theology college in Uganda; his mother was a nurse. In his childhood, his family's house was occupied by general and future dictator Idi Amin, who was rising to power in Uganda at the time. At age seven, his family moved from Africa to Sardis, British Columbia near Chilliwack.
Barton attended the University of British Columbia, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in economics. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where he received an MPhil degree in economics.
Barton began his career as a currency analyst at Rothschild.
He joined McKinsey's Toronto office in 1986 and had a difficult time making partner, saying, "It took me three times before I was elected a partner ... I was working hard and I was rejected ... it was a bit of a slap in the head."  From then on, he said, "my bar will be higher than McKinsey's."
In the late 1990s Barton made the counterintuitive career move of relocating to Korea to develop McKinsey's practice in the region. Barton enjoyed close relationships with the president and government of South Korea. He subsequently parlayed those relationships into a role running McKinsey in Korea from 2000 to 2004 and then McKinsey in Asia from 2004 to 2009. Barton's experience in Asia ultimately made him a strong candidate in the firm election as global managing director.
In 2009 Barton was elected to the position of Managing Director of McKinsey & Company on July 1st, based on a vote of 400 senior partners. Barton was was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2015. His current term will be his last, since Managing Directors serve a maximum of three terms.
He is the author of China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China, a trustee of the Rhodes Trust and the Brookings Institution, and Chairman of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. He is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. He is a member of the International Advisory Board at the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government and of the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology on the 24th of June 2016.