Careers

David White / Chairman

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 organisation issues.

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 growth companies.

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.