Michael Jary

Senior Leadership

Michael Jary was one of the founding team of OC&C Strategy Consultants in 1987. This year marks his 33rd year in consulting.

Michael was a member of OC&C’s founding team, and has previously served as the firm’s Worldwide Managing Partner. He now focuses on board-level advice to OC&C’s clients and thought leadership.

He works with the boards of major corporations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He is a regular speaker and commentator, especially on topics to do with retail and branding, the impact of technology, corporate governance and social purpose.

Outside of OC&C, Michael is involved in several company boards and charities. He is a non-executive director and main board member of Barclays Bank UK plc. He is chair of the commercial committee of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and chair of Duchy Originals, the largest organic food brand in the UK. He is chair of Itad, the leading advisory firm in international development. He is a trustee of Opera Holland Park, an advisory board member of the Fashion Retail Academy, an ambassador for the Retail Trust, and a guest lecturer at INSEAD. He is the lead non-executive director at Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. He has previously been the chair of Fairtrade.

Education & Prior Experience

  • SOAS, University of London: Post-graduate Diploma in Asian Art with Distinction
  • INSEAD: MBA with Distinction
  • Oxford University: MA Physics
  • Booz & Co (1985-1987)
"While the challenges which our clients face are changing fast, the basic tools of sound analysis, clear thinking and an open advisory relationship continue to prove effective."

Related publications

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Opinion: The new channel split is buying vs shopping

Online retail took a big step forward during lockdown but it still cannot capture the experience of shopping, while physical retail faces its own post-pandemic challenge

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Opinion: Stores can beat online by avoiding tyranny of choice

Bricks-and-mortar retailers who want to beat the online giants could do worse than listen to the wisdom of philosophers like Kierkegaard – or Homer Simpson – says Michael Jary

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Do humanities matter in a world of AI?

There’s growing evidence that government’s view on the skills required to address Britain’s productivity shortfall

Friday, August 3, 2018

We lowered prices. That didn’t work, so now we’re raising them

In a strategy shift Procter & Gamble move to raises prices but is this really the way to success?

Monday, July 16, 2018

The complexity of sustainability

Whoever expected that sustainability would be simple? For two centuries innovation, ingenuity and investment have been entirely focused on the half of the supply chain which transforms natural resources into consumable goods

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Are the best things in life free?

Writing in The Times, Philip Aldrick has posited that a lot of the value, or “consumer welfare”, of the digital economy is not captured in the GDP statistics, partly because many of its services are free

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What was Facebook thinking?

The confusion (not least among US senators) as to Facebook's strategy and business model continues. The continued accusation of "Facebook is selling your data!" is of course not helpful, because it doesn't

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Retail nation

UK economy and touches us all in many ways as customers, employees or partners

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A view from the bridge

So you may think I’m getting my excuses in early for predictions that will certainly miss the mark. But the main reason for thinking about the future is to have a chance of influencing it

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