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  • "There's no doubt I would not be doing what I do today without my McKinsey experience."
    Alison Watkins (AUS, MEL, XIA 89-99)
  • "It gave me hands-on insight on how to run a company. One of the training elements I really look back on was the one-week Engagement Leadership Workshop. I learned there that there are multiple aspects of leadership, and it was incredibly thought-provoking. Becoming a great leader involves the ability to juggle all these different aspects of leadership at the same time."
    Jørgen Knudstorp (COP 98-01)
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    Rebecca Wei (SHA, HKO 99-10)
  • "While at the Firm, I made significant strides in areas like structured thinking, approaching problems analytically, and conveying a story well."
    Naveen Tewari (MUM, SVO 00-03)
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    Andrew Messick (AMS, CHI 91-97)
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    Luis Ubiñas (BOS, LAN, SFO 89-08)
  • "McKinsey was an incredible training ground that has been extremely helpful in starting and running Gogobot. One powerful thing I learned at McKinsey is the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them in very simple ways that are easy to understand."
    Travis Katz (SFO 01-03)
  • "The Firm's training in structured thinking and communications has been invaluable to me as I have gone through life post-McKinsey. McKinsey was also a great training ground for leadership in service — how to create a vision of something and work through others to make it happen."
    Wendy Becker (LON, SFO 93-08)
  • "My years at McKinsey were absolutely rewarding after seeing measurable impact on each engagement I worked on. I am fully convinced that McKinsey is the proven training ground for future business leaders, and it also provides a fun, rewarding, and exciting work environment that each McKinsey consultant can be proud to be part of every day."
    Emre Gürkan (ATB, ATL 05-05, 06-08)
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    Kathryn Minshew (NYO 08-10)
  • "At McKinsey we're really trained to think big . . . to not be afraid of the big problems, but actually to embrace them and dissect them, and try to figure out what to do about them."
    Jim Ayala (DAL, HKO, MAN, SIN 84-86, 88-03)
  • "Many of the core McKinsey skills and approaches have been invaluable in the growth and success of MetaPack: disaggregating problems, fact-based analysis, market studies, identifying the true source of sustained competitive advantage. It's all quintessential McKinsey and has been essential."
    Patrick Wall (LON 92-95)
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    Yasmin Belo-Osagie (LGS 12-14)
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    Ayr Muir (BOS 03-03, 04-08)
  • "We couldn’t have done this without our McKinsey training. Developing a clear proposition, learning how to communicate effectively with CEOs, crafting an argument, creating an economic model – all of these skills are firmly grounded in our McKinsey experience. My time at McKinsey has been the single most important time in my career."
    Ann Smith (CLE 00-05)
  • "McKinsey teaches you to be extremely comfortable with ambiguity and to adapt to new information extremely quickly, however time-pressured or high-stakes the situation."
    Alice Bentinck (LON 09-12) and Matt Clifford (LON 09-12)
  • "McKinsey not only has opened doors, but also greatly improved my problem-solving. You have to step away to realize just how much better everyone gets while they're at the Firm. It is really phenomenal."
    Bruce Constantine (TOR, BOS 04-12)
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    Mickey Huibregtsen (AMS 70-99)
  • "I originally saw working at McKinsey as a piece of the puzzle – something that would provide me with exposure to all aspects of business. I now see it as a frame for the puzzle. It’s provided me context for putting all the other pieces in place."
    Tim Carl (CLE 01-02)
  • "Spending time at McKinsey was one of the highlights of my life. It has influenced nearly every aspect of my management style – from how I think about solving problems to how I feel about treating the people in my company's care. "
    Tim Carl (CLE 01-02)
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    Dai Ellis (SFO, NYO 91-02) and Oliver Rothschild (NYO 08-08, 10-11)
  • "Understanding the motivations and bringing along elected officials in particular was a totally new experience for us, but was something that could be sorted through by using the same consensus building skills at McKinsey."
    Gautam Grover (CHI, KLA 05-09)
  • "[McKinsey] taught me the importance of taking the 30,000-foot view and at the same time taking the deep dive when required."
    Amisha Jain (LAN, SCA 08-11)
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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Chasing the Frontier: The Accelerating Digitization of the U.S. Economy
December 08, 2015

The accelerated pace of digitization in the U.S. is expected to continue as businesses race to develop digital capabilities to stay competitive. To assess the extent of the digital transformation thus far, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) analyzed how digitization is advancing across individual sectors and how it is changing business operations, the workforce, and the nature of competition. MGI’s forthcoming report, "Chasing the Frontier: The Accelerating Digitization of the U.S. Economy," provides insights by industry and estimates the potential future gains in GDP that could be attributed to the country’s ongoing digitization. It also explores how companies can harness the full value of digital by investing in appropriate data assets and digital platforms that allow them to better engage with their customers, suppliers, and labor force. Our presenters will share these findings along with their perspectives on the impact of digitization in the U.S. and what it will take to stay competitive and relevant in this new hyper-connected landscape. They will also discuss how the Firm is assessing and advancing its own digital capabilities. Read More..

Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Women in the Economy, the Workplace - and at McKinsey
December 02, 2015

While all forms of inequality have social and economic implications, a new MGI report highlights how successfully addressing gender inequality could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. During this session, leaders of the MGI research and several other Firm diversity initiatives will discuss the latest findings from the report - including the key interventions and efforts required by the private, public, and social sector to achieve greater gender equity, as well as the massive economic benefits of success. The presenters will also discuss the high level results and insights from the recent “Women in the Workplace” survey, as well as what the Firm is doing to increase gender diversity within McKinsey and beyond, including a public pledge to the UN’s HeForShe campaign and the 30% Club. Read More..

Mary Lou Kelley and Hubert Joly Lead Best Buy’s Seismic Turnaround
November 13, 2015

By the time last Thanksgiving rolled around, Best Buy was two years into a transformation aimed at improving performance. Black Friday 2014 would be an indicator of the strategy’s success. When Mary Lou Kelley, the electronics retailer’s head of e-commerce, called CEO (and fellow alum) Hubert Joly to tell him that the company’s website had gone down during an unexpected traffic surge, they had begun to get their answers. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - October 2015
November 11, 2015

October's 91 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Sabine Bendiek is named CEO of Microsoft Germany; Björn Annwall is named Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo; McKinsey alumni take 11 spots on Business Insider's 2015 'Silicon Alley 100' list of the best and brightest in New York tech; Amee Chande is named Managing Director, UK at Alibaba; Nishant Rao is named COO of Freshdesk; Tjada D'Oyen McKenna is named COO of Habitat for Humanity; Jim Taiclet, Tidjane Thiam, and Vittorio Colao are named to HBR's 2015 list of the world's 100 best-performing CEOs; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of October's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of October 26, 2015
November 02, 2015

In this week's 19 alumni headlines, Sabine Bendiek is named CEO of Microsoft Germany; Steve Schwarzwaelder is elected to the board of EMCOR Group; alumni take 3 spots on Harvard Business Review’s list of the world's 100 best-performing CEOs; and more. Read More..

'How Remarkable Women Lead': Special digital offer on best-selling business book
October 28, 2015

From November 1 through November 15, "How Remarkable Women Lead" – the best-selling business book by alumnae Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston – is available as an eBook through all digital retailers at a special promotional rate of $1.99. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - September 2015
October 26, 2015

September's 81 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Kristof Terryn is named CEO of General Insurance at Zurich; Susan Duinhoven is named President and CEO of Sanoma Oyj; Ananth Narayanan is named CEO of Myntra; Smith Holland is named President and CEO of Crayola; Wendy Murdock joins Iron Mountain’s board; Peter Feldhaus joins ThyssenKrupp as Head of Strategy; Serge Brunschwig, CEO of Dior Couture, is also appointed President of Dior Homme; Wen Hsieh is promoted to a managing member at Kleiner Perkins; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of September's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of October 19, 2015
October 26, 2015

In this week's 31 alumni headlines, Pierre-Olivier Bouée and Peter Goerke are appointed to Credit Suisse's board of directors; Pascal Baumgarten is named COO of Europ Assistance; Sandra Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, receives the C200 Luminary Award; Nishant Rao is named COO of Freshdesk; and more. Read More..

Derek Bouchard-Hall Brings Management Skill and Olympic Experience to USA Cycling’s Top Job
October 21, 2015

Derek Bouchard-Hall is four months into his position as CEO of USA Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the U.S. Given the sport’s challenges in the areas of gender equity, competitive fairness, physical safety, and financing, he has his work cut out for him — but, as he recently told Business Insider Australia, he loves the sport and is clear about what he brings to the table, and what he plans to do to restore the sport's reputation.

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Alumni News - Week of October 12, 2015
October 19, 2015

In this week's 19 alumni headlines, Amee Chande is named Managing Director, UK at Alibaba; Matt Jauchius is named CMO of Hertz; Tjada D'Oyen McKenna is named COO of Habitat for Humanity; Gunjan Soni is named CMO and Head of International Brands at Myntra; alumnae take 3 spots on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women; and more. Read More..

Focus on Founders: William Reeve on back-to-back business building
October 16, 2015

Whether through creation, leadership, or investment, William has built a reputation as an “online legend,” with several Internet-based businesses in the UK owing their success in part to his commitment. The creator of LOVEFiLM, Fletcher Research, and many others, William recently spoke to us about why he “can’t get enough” of entrepreneurship. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of October 5, 2015
October 12, 2015

In this week's 14 alumni headlines, Andrew Dyer is appointed Australia's first Wind Farm Commissioner; Björn Annwall is named Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo; McKinsey alumni take 11 spots on Business Insider's 2015 'Silicon Alley 100' list of the best and brightest in New York tech; and more. Read More..


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