50. Dominic Barton

Managing Director, McKinsey & Co.

50-Dominic-BartonAge: 53 | First AppearanceMcKinsey & Co. is the world’s leading management consulting firm—or was, until one of its senior partners, Anil Kumar, pled guilty in 2010 to revealing client secrets to a Wall Street hedge-fund manager, who went to prison for insider trading.As the managing director of McKinsey, Dominic Barton has spent much of his time in recent years seeking to restore the firm’s tarnished image and introduce change and innovation at the global behemoth, which operates in 50 countries and has revenues of more than $6 billion. Earlier this year McKinsey opened an office here, a sign of the city’s emergence. “We are very bullish on Vancouver,” Barton says. “The city and the region are full of amazing talent, are central to an increasingly globally important trade route with Asia, and are flexing their muscles in sectors from natural resources to tech. We were overdue for an office here.”Vancouver also represents a homecoming of sorts for Barton, 53, who grew up in the Fraser Valley and studied economics at the University of British Columbia before heading to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. He’s now based in London and, as global managing director, travels the world constantly. His passion for this city extends beyond McKinsey to his role as a strategic adviser to HQ Vancouver, an initiative that seeks to persuade Asian companies to locate their global headquarters here.

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