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

  • 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.

  • 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


    Jeremy joined QuantumBlack as CEO in 2014, and has overseen the company’s rapid growth and emergence as a global leader in the use of advanced analytics to drive performance improvement and innovation from data. He is also a Senior Partner of McKinsey.

    Jeremy has decades of wide ranging leadership experience, from the military to global financial services firms in Europe and Asia, to early stage digital and technical venture capital. He is deeply committed to the principles of continuous learning and reinvention, and the importance of strong culture and organisational values when growing successful teams. Jeremy is also currently Chairman of Day One Trust, which prepares young people for careers in the creative industries, and a Trustee of The Art Fund.

  • Helen Mayhew

    Helen Mayhew

    Chief Operating Officer, Europe

    Helen brings her analytical skills to diverse projects, ranging from commercial expansion to front-line team performance optimisation. She has guided leading organisations on their journeys, advising top executives and leaders on the potential for insight and innovation through advanced analytics. As COO, she is scaling the company and its impact around the world as she helps clients do the same.

    Helen has a particular interest is building clients’ analytical organisations and skills, having honed these herself founding the McKinsey’s Analytics Academy. She is also responsible for progressing applied ethical and sustainable AI across our projects.

  • Giacomo Sonnino

    Giacomo Sonnino

    Chief Operating Officer, Americas

    Giacomo heads up expansion and oversees client delivery for QuantumBlack across North America. He built a diverse skillset as a partner at McKinsey, where he served sectors including industrials, aerospace and defence, high-tech and media. Giacomo also advises clients on restructuring, turnarounds, CEO transitions, strategy, mergers and acquisitions.

    Particular areas of focus include advanced analytics, capital productivity, supply chain, productivity, process redesign, organisational restructuring, sales force effectiveness and growth programmes. Giacomo embraces any opportunity to cultivate strategic growth in order to ensure global business expansion and impactful international development.

  • Nicolaus Henke, PhD

    Nicolaus Henke, PhD


    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.

  • Kate Smaje

    Kate Smaje

    Senior Advisor

    As a Senior Advisor, Kate draws upon her extensive experience with McKinsey, where she leads the digital consumer work across Europe. She helps retailers and consumer-facing companies to capture the opportunities afforded by new growth platforms, rethinking their consumer-engagement models and improving organisational performance.

    Kate has steered numerous initiatives to help clients develop omni-channel operating models, capture new growth opportunities, and adapt for their organisations. A particular focus of Kate’s work is on designing, delivering and turbocharging digital transformations — a crucial imperative as industry dynamics evolve.

  • 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.

  • Zara Davis

    Zara Davis

    VP Strategy & Operations

    Zara ensures we run a highly effective organisation at the forefront of advanced analytics and machine learning. She drives our strategy and works with teams across our organisation to turn it into reality. Her efforts have been key to scaling up our firm and helping us establish a truly global presence.

    Zara has always been passionate about harnessing the power of data to make better decisions. Prior to joining QuantumBlack she helped numerous organisations unlock value through their data, whether it was using data to drive a new strategy, transform customer experience or deliver efficiencies. She has also worked in the public sector and relishes opportunities to deploy machine learning for social good.

  • 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.

  • 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, and in supporting leading organisations through their advanced analytics transformation journey.

    Pepe is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he has worked in Latin America, United States and Europe serving financial institutions and other companies on a variety of strategic, analytics, commercial, operational and technology issues. He also has 15 years of leadership experience in global financial services firms, where he held regional and country-level Executive Committee positions in areas such as strategy, analytics, CRM, marketing, digital channels and customer experience.