Quess names McKinsey senior partner Suraj Moraje as next CEO

01 November 2019 Consultancy.asia

Indian business services provider Quess has appointed senior McKinsey partner Suraj Moraje as its next Group CEO. Moraje will replace Subrata Nag, who is due to retire next year. 

Twenty-year McKinsey & Company veteran Suraj Moraje has been named as the next Group CEO of Indian business services provider Quess, which since its establishment in 2007 has grown to a headcount of over 350,000 employees across ten countries – including Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia. For its last financial year, Quess grew its revenues by 38 percent to around $1.2 billion.

“His global business-building track-record at McKinsey & Company, rich experience in technology-led transformations, long-term results orientation, and demonstrated ability to inspire and lead teams makes him an outstanding candidate to accelerate our business transformation and evolve our culture,” commented Quess Chairman and Managing Director Ajit Isaac on Moraje’s appointment.

Currently based in Quess’s home-city of Bangalore, Moraje has during his two decades with McKinsey led numerous projects around the world, and presently heads the strategy and management giant’s Telecommunications Practice for Asia. Until the start of last year, Moraje, who first joined McKinsey in 1999, also served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Philippines office, credited with its transformation.

Quess names McKinsey senior partner Suraj Moraje as next CEO

In addition to the Philippines, Moraje has spent time with McKinsey in South Africa, Belgium (where he was the first Indian to be elected partner in Continental Europe) and the Middle East, as well as in South Asia, serving clients across multiple industries including the TMT, infrastructure, financial services, and consumer goods sectors. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

According to a statement from Isaac, Moraje’s initial priorities will be to drive Quess’s strategic platform consolidation and accelerate its tech-enabled transformation. “I look forward to working with the company’s exceptional leaders over the coming years to continue to transform Quess Corp, and further enhance the company’s contribution to the societies in which we operate,” Moraje said.  

Moraje will assume his new chief executive role at Quess upon the retirement of current CEO Subrata Nag next year. “For 20 years I have carried the McKinsey & Company logo with pride,” he wrote in a warmly received post on LinkedIn. “Now, as becomes time to move on, I can only raise a salute to wonderful colleagues, an amazing institution, and a very fine Partnership. #McKinsey, thank you!”

Numerous current and former colleagues, along with other leaders from the consulting and business realms, responded with fond wishes. “Your compassionate leadership and impact will be remembered for long in the Philippines,” said ex-McKinsey consultant Martin Lemoine, who is now with the Asian Development Bank. “Suraj, you have honored the legacy of Marvin Bower for others to follow.”