ESG Performance, Excellence and Leadership: Executive Roundtable with McKinsey & Company

We are delighted to welcome Matt Stone, Partner and Michael Birshan, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.  The focus of this discussion will be on “ESG Performance, Excellence and Leadership”. Our guest speakers will share their perspective and insight on the rising importance of ESG in 2021 and give compelling examples of how ESG can create value.


Michael Birshan, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Michael leads McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He also serves on the McKinsey Global Institute council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

Michael partners with bold and determined executives to set strategy, transform organizations, and deliver value. He has served companies around the world at the board and executive-committee levels across a diverse set of industries, as well as institutions in the public and social sectors, and his work is often shaped by insights and analogies from other contexts. Michael’s deepest sector expertise is in energy, natural resources, and industrials, where he works with several of the leading global organizations across their agenda.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • serving an energy major on transforming its financial performance and organizational health, embracing digital, and becoming agile
  • supporting a global natural-resources company on defining its purpose, refreshing its strategy, changing its approach to stakeholder engagement, and taking out billions of dollars of cost
  • working with a leading industrial company on setting its strategy, conducting M&A, managing performance, building functional excellence, and improving the effectiveness of its top team

Michael is passionate about helping talented executives to succeed as individuals–particularly as they take on new roles–and coleads McKinsey’s research on CEO excellence. His perspectives on strategy, finance, and CEO transitions have been published and cited in the McKinsey QuarterlyHarvard Business Review, and Financial Times, among other leading publications. He is also the author of the McKinsey Global Institute’s publication, Superstars: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy.

Michael has a strong interest in education and serves as a governor of the Royal College of Art and on the advisory board of King’s Business School. He has also been a trustee of the World Schools Debating Championships, a governor of Brentford School for Girls, and a commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. In 2016, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Before joining McKinsey, Michael was an aide to a US congressman and to a Canadian member of parliament, and a member of the British national debating team.

Based in London, Michael previously worked in McKinsey’s San Francisco and Mumbai offices.


Matt Stone, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Matt coleads the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He primarily works with CFOs across their agenda, including ESG investor relations, resource allocation, and cash management. He convenes McKinsey’s annual CFO Forum, a gathering of more than 100 CFOs from leading institutions.

Working primarily at the intersection of natural resources and finance, Matt helps companies navigate the energy transition and climate risk, and embed purpose and ESG across their business.

Examples of Matt’s recent client work include:

  • assessing and quantifying the value-at-stake from ESG risks and opportunities across more than 15 countries for a top oil and gas company
  • designing the integrated fiscal management approach for the government of a resource-intensive economy
  • driving a multicontinent working-capital transformation program at a top mining company that resulted in over $2 billion in cash release
  • orchestrating the defense against a hostile takeover for an advanced manufacturing company
  • calibrating a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to forecast trade flows over the next 25 years for a logistics company

During 2013 and 2014, Matt was the Ian Davis Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute—our business and economics thinktank—where he co-authored reports on the Indian and European economies. He is a 2007 Marshall Scholar.


Nicholas Barton, Founder & CEO, The Barton Partnership

Nicholas Barton is the Founder & CEO of The Barton Partnership, a niche global executive recruitment firm with an enviable reputation within the Strategy, Transformation and M&A arena. From a standing start he has built a team of over 70 professionals consisting of former tier-one Strategy Consultants working alongside recruiters that have operated in this market for nearly 20 years with offices in London, New York, Paris and Singapore.

The Barton Partnership’s clients include FTSE listed and Fortune 500 companies across all sectors/industries; SME’s, Strategic, Innovation & Management Consulting firms (large and boutique), Global Financial services, Private Equity and Venture Capital organisations. Their network represents talent from Analyst to Partner/MD level across all disciplines and sectors associated with Strategy, Transformation and M&A. The Independent Consulting business offers rapid response and deployment of strategy professionals across all sectors with project duration ranging from one week to twelve months.

In addition to The Barton Partnership Nicholas is also he Founder & CEO which is a portal that will connect consultants with clients for short-burst consulting support for hours at time rather than weeks.

Nicholas was elected to the board of BritishAmerican Business and sits on the BAB Membership Committee. He is also a member of the YPO which is the global leadership community of more than more than 29,000 chief executives in 130 countries who are driven by the belief that the world needs better leaders.



Monday 1st February 2021


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm GMT / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


Zoom – link will be sent to registered guests