Based in China since 1986, Jonathan has been instrumental in establishing and growing McKinsey’s presence in China. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is responsible for convening the Firm's work with city and regional authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and co-chairs the non-profit think tank Urban China Initiative—a collaborative project of Tsinghua University, and McKinsey & Company—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenge. Jonathan is also the Asia-based Director of the McKinsey Global Institute where he leads research on productivity, urbanization, infrastructure, inequality and regional economies.
An expert on energy, sustainability, and economic master planning, Jonathan’s public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, supported the development and drafting of national energy policy, and advised national and local government authorities on economic development. He has conducted more than 60 projects for local governments throughout China to support economic development and transformation. He actively serves urban authorities in the Middle East, Russia and North America on economic master planning and performance improvement.
Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. He has also worked extensively in real estate – specifically, on commercial revitalization – and advised on energy investment strategies and energy productivity opportunities among other topics. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums, particularly in the area of US-China relations. He lectures at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003). He also co-authored, with Jimmy Hexter, the book Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), with Jeffrey Towson, One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013) and with James Manyika and Richard Dobbs No Ordinary Disruption (Public Affairs, 2015). He currently has 3 Amazon international business bestsellers.
A U.S. citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.