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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)
  • "McKinsey trained me how to work with CEOs and senior leaders so they treat you and see you as a peer. I also learned business judgment, analytical, and problem-solving skills. At McKinsey, there is great apprenticeship and mentorship in learning how to lead a team."
    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)
  • "One of the things McKinsey helped teach me was how to make good decisions really fast because you often find yourself in situations where you have imperfect information but you need to act. My McKinsey skills have also been very important in how we think about the growth of IRONMAN as a brand."
    Andrew Messick (AMS, CHI 91-97)
  • "There's an intellectual debate and discussion happening that makes your time at McKinsey intellectually dynamic, powerful and invigorating in a way that should be cherished by people who live it every day."
    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 - Drivers of Performance in Family Owned Businesses
September 15, 2015

Most companies start out as family or founder owned businesses (FBs), but only those that master the unique performance and governance challenges intrinsic to this form of ownership manage to expand from their entrepreneurial beginnings to endure and prosper over time. Today, FBs are becoming a large and growing force in the global economy, particularly in emerging markets. During this webcast our presenter will discuss the successes and challenges of family owned firms such as: the issues and solutions for succession planning within family firms; the five dimensions that must be working well for a family firm to be successful; how family firms can best grow and diversify; what can be learned from the success of family firms that can translate to all business institutions; and the role of entrepreneurship in building and expanding family and founder owned firms. Any leader who wants to develop, collaborate —or compete— with FBs will benefit from joining this session, and will gain a deeper understanding of the institutional and strategic issues faced by family businesses, and how such firms can best grow and succeed for generations to come. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 17, 2015
August 24, 2015

In this week’s 18 alumni headlines, Regina Groves is named CEO of REVA Medical; Perttu Louhiluoto is named President, Services at Metso; J.D. Hickey is named CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Michael Stewart is appointed to ICAEW’s board; Sue Hooper joins the board of Rank Group as a non-executive director; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 10, 2015
August 17, 2015

In this week's 16 alumni headlines, Elena Sukacheva joins the Management Committee of The Economist; Juan Uro joins the National Basketball Association (NBA) as EVP, Finance and Strategy; Harald Aarø takes an executive role at Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies; Patrick Kennedy is named the non-executive chairman of CarTrawler; several alumni-led companies are named to Inc.'s list of the fastest-growing private companies; and more. Read More..

Sundar Pichai Takes the Helm of a Newly Restructured Google
August 14, 2015

Sundar's new role as CEO is the latest in his eleven years at Google – years that a colleague says are characterized by “being this guy that always launched things that people wanted.” This profile describes why his engineering and business acumen are just part of what has made him so successful. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 3, 2015
August 10, 2015

In this week's 14 alumni headlines, Antonio Simoes is promoted at HSBC to Chief Executive, Europe; Claudia Harris joins the UK's new Careers & Enterprise Company as CEO; Scott Beardsley is the new Dean of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business; Wolfgang Baier receives the Singapore Corporate Award for best CEO of a large-cap company; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of July 27, 2015
August 03, 2015

In this week's 18 alumni headlines, Anjali Bansal is named a Managing Director at TPG Growth; Alastair Bell and Amar Desai are selected by Becker Hospital Review as 'young rising stars' in healthcare; Thomas Vollmoeller joins the board of Ravensburger; Nigel Wilson is appointed to David Cameron's Business Advisory group; and more. Read More..

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Spotlight On: Sue Whalley, COO of Royal Mail
July 31, 2015

Sue brings 21st-century efficiency to the 500-year-old institution, which she says is about more than just delivering the mail – it aims to make communities better. She discusses her COO role, and why she finds it a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Read More..

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Alumni Headlines - June 2015
July 29, 2015

June's 95 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: George Kurian is named CEO of NetApp, and Mike Nevens is named Chairman of NetApp’s board; Joanna Rotenberg is named Head of Personal Wealth Management at BMO Financial Group; Carolyn Fairbairn is named Director-General at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI); four alums are on Glassdoor’s list of the UK's 25 best bosses; Lila Snyder is named President of Pitney Bowes’ new global e-commerce business unit; Alexander Dibelius will join CVC Capital Partners; Tobias Ohler will become CFO of Wacker Chemie AG; Joëlle Grünberg is appointed CEO of Lacoste North America; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of June's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of July 20, 2015
July 27, 2015

In this week's 15 alumni headlines, Matthew Trerotola is named CEO of Colfax; David Song is named CEO of Nike Korea; Marcia Morales-Jaffe joins PayPal as Chief Human Resources Officer; Catriona Fallon joins Marin Software as EVP and CFO; Jeff Evenson is elected CSO at Corning; Matthew Frost is appointed to the Church of England's Archbishops' Council; and more. Read More..

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Stacey Rauch Immerses Herself in Business at Land Securities
July 23, 2015

Stacey plays an increasingly hands-on role as a non-executive director at the UK real estate investment trust. In its annual report, Land Securities features Rauch in an article describing her contributions. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of July 13, 2015
July 20, 2015

In this week's 14 alumni headlines, Bill Scotting is named CEO of Nyrstar; Betsy Bohlen is the Chicago Archdiocese's new COO; Guilherme Lima is named Asia Wealth Chief at HSBC; Helen Nugent is appointed Chair of Australia Rail Track Corporation; Andrew McMahon is elected to Phoenix Companies' board of directors; and more. Read More..


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