Ian Davis (businessman)

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Sir Ian Davis
Ian Edward Lamert Davis

(1951-03-10) 10 March 1951 (age 68)
Kent, United Kingdom
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materOxford University
OccupationConsultant, management expert
Years active1972–2010
EmployerMcKinsey & Company
Salary$ 5–10 million + (estimate)
Net worth$ 50–100 million + (estimate)
TitleSenior Partner Emeritus
Term2003–2009 (Managing director)
PredecessorRajat Gupta
SuccessorDominic Barton

Sir Ian Edward Lamert Davis (born 10 March 1951) is an English businessman, best known for his role as managing director of McKinsey & Company.[1][2] He succeeded Rajat Gupta on 1 July 2003, he joined McKinsey in 1979 [2] retired in 2010,[2] after 7 years at the Bowater-Scott Corporation and currently serves as a senior partner emeritus.

Davis was born in Kent, UK. Prior to becoming managing director, he was office manager of McKinsey's London and UK office, he has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford.[3] He is a member of the board of BP.

He is the brother of former Reed Elsevier chairman Crispin Davis, his twin brother is Rt Hon Sir Nigel Davis, a Court of Appeal judge.[4]

Davis is a Non-Executive Director at Johnson & Johnson Inc, BP plc,[2] Teach For All Inc, Big Society Trust and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings LLC, he is a Senior Adviser to Apax Partners LLP, a Non-Executive Board Member at the UK Cabinet Office and an Advisory Director of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre.

He is currently chairman of Rolls-Royce Holdings.[5]

Davis was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to business.[6]



  1. ^ "2000s". McKinsey & Company. About Us. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ian Davis". BP. Archived from the original on October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  3. ^ "Former McKinsey & Company Chairman and Managing Director Ian Davis Appointed to Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors". Johnson & Johnson. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ Hirst, Clayton (January 20, 2002). "The Lowdown: The Might of the McKinsey Mob ; It's Big in Business and Big in Politics. Clayton Hirst Investigates Britain's Most Powerful Old Boys' Network". The Independent. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ian Davis". Rolls-Royce. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  6. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B2.
Business positions
Preceded by
Rajat Gupta
Managing director of McKinsey & Company, Inc.
2003 – 2009
Succeeded by
Dominic Barton
Preceded by
Sir Simon Robertson
Chairman of Rolls-Royce Group PLC
2013 – present