David joined as a Director in 2002 and has over 30 years experience in consulting
David is Chairman of Port Jackson Partners, and joined the
practice in 2002 as a Director. He was formerly a Director (Senior
Partner), and global co-leader of the Growth Practice Group, at
McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 17 years in Sydney and
New York. He has more than 30 years of experience serving CEOs and
Boards in Australia, North America and Asia on strategy, growth and
David has experience across a wide range of industry sectors
including steel, retail (department stores, discount department
stores, petrol and convenience, apparel, telco), fast moving
consumer goods, oil refining and marketing, oil and gas exploration
and production, property, construction, insurance and credit cards.
David also has experience as an early stage investor in emerging
David joined McKinsey's Sydney office in 1984, and worked in New
York and Toronto for several years. In 1991, David was elected to
the international partnership of McKinsey at the age of 29. In
1995, David co-founded McKinsey's Growth and Business Building
Practice, and from 1995 to 2000 had worldwide leadership
responsibility for the practice, including intellectual capital
creation, client development and practice infrastructure. In 1997,
David was elected a Director (senior partner) of McKinsey and
divided his time equally between the leadership of the Growth
Practice internationally and serving several CEOs in Australia.
David joined Port Jackson Partners in 2002, and served as
Managing Partner for seven years from 2009 to 2016. In July 2016,
he was elected Chairman.
David is a co-author of 'The Alchemy of Growth - kick-starting
and sustaining growth in your company', which has been translated
into a dozen languages and sold some 100,000 copies worldwide. The
'Three Horizon' framework, the central thesis of the book, is being
actively used in several hundred corporations around the globe.
David is also author of more than 20 articles which have been
published in journals such as Sloan MIT Management Review, McKinsey
Quarterly and Journal of Business Strategy. These articles have
covered strategy topics (e.g. 'When And When Not to Vertically
Integrate', 'Turning Capabilities To Advantages'), organisation
topics (e.g. 'Performance Measures: Calibrating For Growth')
industry topics (e.g. 'Revolution In Oil and Gas',) and finance
topics (e.g. 'Capturing Value From Dividend Imputation').
David holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University
of Sydney where he graduated first in his year, and a Bachelor of
Laws with Honours, also from the University of Sydney.
David lives in Sydney and is married to Lisa and has three
children. He is student of Tibetan Buddhism.