Absorb complexity.
Transmit clarity.

We have the knowledge and experience to address every facet of how data and analytics affect a client’s organisation and performance.

Our guiding principles

We harness data, analytics and design to give organisations a clear path to improve performance.

When we combine our skills and approach with McKinsey & Company’s knowledge and expertise, we equip clients with an incomparable level of competitiveness.

  • Impact

    Performance is at the centre of everything we do. Inspired by sport, we know that the smallest edge can make the biggest difference. Our multidisciplinary team will help clients achieve that edge.

  • Trusted partnership

    Data is the lifeblood of any modern organsation, and trust is the currency of our engagements with clients.

    We strive to maintain the highest levels of data handling, governance and information security with our clients. Nothing is more important to us.

  • Transformational thinking

    The real power of analytics is embedding them into the operating model of an organisation.

    Our advanced analytics capabilities combined with McKinsey’s deep domain expertise and change management experience equip us with a powerful lens to evaluate and improve every facet of an organisation.

  • Boundary-breaking

    We believe that the most valuable insights happen at the boundaries of different disciplines, data, and techniques.

    Our client work focuses on combining data expertise with human judgement to reimagine and rework how a business can operate in the future.

  • Capability building

    To diagnose challenges and prioritise actions, we focus on capability building-not just the models. We follow a proven five-step protocol grounded in McKinsey’s decades of strategy work as well as our unique approach to discovering and exploiting data-driven insights.

    This is formed of: Ideation, Intelligence, Inception, Intervention, and Independence.

Our leadership

  • Chris Wigley

    Chris Wigley

    Chief Operating Officer

    Chris leads QuantumBlack’s global growth and client delivery. Prior to joining QuantumBlack, Chris co-led Digital Strategy at McKinsey & Company. He has also served as a diplomat for the UK.

    Chris is passionate about the opportunities machine learning and artificial intelligence present to augment human and organisational performance. He is a frequent speaker and panel moderator on topics, such as the economic impact of AI and its associated ethical questions. Chris relishes the opportunity to debate issues affecting the data and advanced analytics space.

  • Helen Mullings

    Helen Mullings

    Global Chief HR Officer

    Helen is a leading figure in the human resources industry, having led professional development for McKinsey & Company in the UK & Ireland for over 10 years. She is focused on building a unique culture and development environment within QuantumBlack, where talented technical specialists can flourish and attain their very best.

    Helen is passionate about diversity and regularly speaks and writes on gender diversity issues. She helped grow the McKinsey & Company UK office into a flagship for women’s representation and progression and is committed to ensuring that QuantumBlack follows a similar path, as it scales.

  • Jacomo Corbo, PhD

    Jacomo Corbo, PhD

    Founder & Chief Scientist

    Jacomo focuses on the problem of applying AI and other technology to improving the quality and scalability of QuantumBlack’s client delivery. He is passionate about helping organizations adopt AI at scale to radically improve their performance.

    He is also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was the Canada Research Chair in Information and Performance Management at the University of Ottawa between 2011 and 2015. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the Chief Race Strategist for the Renault F1 Team. He also holds a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard University.

  • Jeremy Palmer

    Jeremy Palmer

    CEO

    Jeremy is a highly experienced leader and manager who has driven growth and transformational change in global financial firms as well as early stage tech. After a storied career in finance, during which he held senior leadership roles at Salomon Brothers, JP Morgan, Barings/ING and UBS, he shifted his focus to supporting leadership in a variety of early stage businesses, joining QuantumBlack in 2014.

    Jeremy is a seasoned speaker on leadership and management issues at the London Business School and Oxford Said Business School and is frequently invited to speak at leading industry events across the globe.

  • Nicolaus Henke, PhD

    Nicolaus Henke, PhD

    Chairman

    Nicolaus serves leading companies and healthcare systems on improving performance through data-enabled transformations. He serves on the board of McKinsey & Company and is the global leader of McKinsey Analytics. He frequently speaks at global events, such as the World Economic Forum, Forbes, and executive roundtables on the future of healthcare and analytics.

  • Pepe Cafferata

    Pepe Cafferata

    Head of QuantumBlack Latin America

    Pepe drives QuantumBlack’s growth in Latin America. He is passionate about helping clients unlock significant value through Analytics and Data.

    Pepe is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he has worked for eight years in Latin America, United States and Europe serving financial institutions and other companies on a variety of strategic, analytics, commercial, operational and technology issues.

    In addition, he has 15 years of experience in global financial services firms, where he held Executive Committee positions such as Head of Strategy and Planning for Latin America, and Head of CRM, Analytics, Digital Channels, Strategy, Marketing and Customer Experience for Argentina.

    Pepe is a seasoned speaker in Advanced Analytics and Digital topics and has spoken at various external events, including the McKinsey Growth Forum in 2017 in Brazil.

  • Sam Bourton

    Sam Bourton

    Founder & Chief Technology Officer

    Sam is a published author and seasoned speaker, with 20 years’ experience in complex visual analytics and decision-support systems. Before co-founding QuantumBlack, he led the design and development of F1 trackside management software, developed a global collaboration platform for Bioinformatics researchers, and built a simulation platform used to analyse election results.

    Sam leads QuantumBlack’s technology and asset development strategy. He also founded our talented engineering team that includes software developers, analytics engineers, data engineers, creative web developers and data visualisation designers.

  • Simon Williams

    Simon Williams

    Founder & Director

    Simon is an inspirational entrepreneur, writer and speaker who has in-depth knowledge of data and analytics, gained from over two decades across multiple industries. Prior to QuantumBlack, Simon founded SmithBayes, a spinoff from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One team.

    Simon advises senior clients on introducing and implementing advanced analytics capabilities into their organisations.

  • Yves Boussemart, PhD

    Yves Boussemart, PhD

    Managing Director, Americas

    Yves’ expertise lies at the intersection of data science, engineering and design, having led advanced analytics work across a wide range of domains such as F1, pharma, mining or FMCG. Yves holds a PhD from MIT in Systems Engineering and a M.Eng. and a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from McGill University.