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Dominic Barton
Dominic Barton
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Dominic Barton at the 2009 World Economic Forum
Born 1962
Kampala, Uganda
Residence London, UK
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater
Occupation Management Consultant
Employer McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Title Senior Partner and Worldwide Managing Director

Dominic Barton (born 1962) is a Ugandan-born Canadian management consultant and business executive. He has been the Managing Director of McKinsey & Company since 2009.

Early life and education

Dominic Barton was born in Kampala, Uganda in 1962.[1][2] Barton's father was an Anglican missionary who helped develop a theology college in Uganda;[3] his mother was a nurse.[4][5] 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.[4] At age seven, his family moved from Africa to Sardis, British Columbia near Chilliwack.[5]

Barton attended the University of British Columbia,[6] where he earned a Bachelor's degree in economics.[7] He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where he received an MPhil degree in economics.[8]


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." [9] From then on, he said, "my bar will be higher than McKinsey's."[10]

Asian experience

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.[11][12] 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.[13] Barton's experience in Asia ultimately made him a strong candidate in the firm election as global managing director.[10]

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.[14][15] Barton was was re-elected in 2012[16] and again in 2015. His current term will be his last, since Managing Directors serve a maximum of three terms.[17]

Honors, awards, and civic and philanthropic activities

In 2010, Barton was made an honorary fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. He is also on the board of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School.

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.[18] He is a member of the International Advisory Board at the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government[19] and of the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.[20] He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology on the 24th of June 2016.[21]

Personal life

Barton has a Canadian wife and two children.[22] He cites London as his principal home.[22]


  1. ^ Perkins, Tara; Erman, Boyd (February 23, 2009). "Archives: McKinsey names Canadian to top post". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ Stern, Stefan (August 15, 2010). "A strategy for staying sacred". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ Contenta, Sandro (17 December 2016). "Dominic Barton, capitalism's go-to guy". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Pitts, Gordon (August 17, 2009). "Dominic Barton's global challenge". The Globe and Mail. pp. B1. 
  5. ^ a b "Chair of Morneau's council of economic advisers wants low carbon economy". CBC News. May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ Gwyther, Matthew (July 10, 2013). "McKinsey head Dominic Barton: 'We don't dominate the brain pool'". Management Today. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dominic Barton". Vancouver School of Economics at University of British Columbia. October 25, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  8. ^ Shifman, Allan (February 23, 2011). "Dominic Barton 101". Reuters. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Popped Kernel: A Conversation with Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company". 2010-02-06. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b Joanna Pachner. "McKinsey & Co.: The man behind the curtain | Managing | Strategy | Canadian Business Online". Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Unknown author (April 24, 2013). "Dominic Barton, Biographical Summary". Boardroom Insiders. Retrieved 2013. 
  12. ^ Executive Summary | McKinsey & Company | Dominic Barton | Customer Intelligence
  13. ^ "The Rhodes Trust and Trustees - The Rhodes Trust". Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ Perkins, Tara; Erman, Boyd (February 23, 2009). "Archives: McKinsey names Canadian to top post". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ Thurm, Scott (February 23, 2009). "McKinsey Partners Pick Barton to Lead Firm". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013. 
  16. ^ Gwyther, Matthew (July 10, 2013). "McKinsey head Dominic Barton: 'We don't dominate the brain pool'". Management Today. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ Raghavan, Anita (February 2, 2015). "Head of McKinsey Is Elected to a Third Term". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Dominic Barton | Blavatnik School of Government". Retrieved . 
  20. ^ KAUST Board of Trustees.
  21. ^ "BCIT : : Convocation : : Awards of Distinction". Retrieved . 
  22. ^ a b A strategy for staying sacred -

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Preceded by
Ian Davis
Managing director of McKinsey & Company, Inc.
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