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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)
  • "In every meeting with potential clients or investors, I use the skills I learned on presenting and telling a compelling story."
    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)
  • "Gaining the ability to work quickly and diligently was key, as was people management, analytical thinking, and problem solving."
    Yasmin Belo-Osagie (LGS 12-14)
  • "I'm better able to communicate and persuade. I'm comfortable with individuals from many different levels of an organization. I problem-solve all day long. These skills were honed at McKinsey and are invaluable to me today."
    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)
  • "Clearly the values, the meritocracy and the quality of the people are unique aspects of the Firm that you cannot find elsewhere in any sizeable organization. In addition, I found the diversity and relevance of the problems you deal with exciting and hard to find anywhere else."
    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)
  • "We draw on our McKinsey experience every day. We use the presentation and communication skills we developed at McKinsey all the time."
    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 - Marketing Performance: How Marketers Drive Profitable Growth
November 10, 2016

During this session, Partner Jonathan Gordon (New York) and Senior Expert Thomas Bauer (Munich), co-authors of the new book, “Marketing Performance: How Marketers Drive Profitable Growth,” will share how the world's leading marketers find the most effective ways to drive growth and improve efficiency. Through original research and dozens of engagements with leading companies, the authors identified the 10 capabilities that have the biggest impact on marketing – from smart allocation, targeted activation, and advanced analytics to new partnering models and beyond. They will also share proven success factors that help marketing leaders infuse their function with an investor′s mindset to get the most from their marketing engines. Read More..

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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Strategy in a Digital Age
October 04, 2016

During this session, Senior Partner Martin Hirt (Taipei) and Partner Jay Scanlan (London) will discuss how leaders can develop their corporate and business-unit strategies to compete in today's digitally disrupted world. They will share frameworks that use the fundamentals of supply and demand to clarify the sources of digital disruption and the conditions in which it occurs. This method enables business leaders to see not only which companies may disrupt their business but why – yielding key insights for executives who can then decide when and how to profitably disrupt their business before others do it for (or to) them. They will also share why responding to digital disruption isn’t about creating a list of digitization priorities, but rather about identifying where a business is vulnerable and where it can create value. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending September 11
September 20, 2016

C-suite appointments at Aetna, Manulife/John Hancock, Protein Bar, Activision Blizzard, and The Hartford; Vice Chairman of Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority; board of NPR
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Alumni News - Week Ending September 2
September 19, 2016

Forbes most powerful women and Pharma Exec’s emerging pharma leaders; CEOs of Auctionata | Paddle8 and Danish Crown’s Tulip; CMO at Nestlé Waters; Board of Louisiana-Pacific Corp Read More..

Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, discusses righting the ship following last year's cyber attack
September 16, 2016

Dido Harding, the CEO of UK-headquartered telecoms player TalkTalk, recently spoke with Management Today Magazine about last year's cyber attack on the company. While it initially cost TalkTalk customers and share value, Dido's response -- complete honesty and calmness under pressure -- gained customers' respect. With revenues now steady and plenty of new mobile subscribers, Dido discusses why admitting fallibility was the right approach. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 15, 2016
September 15, 2016

In this week’s 30 alumni headlines, Wolfgang Baier joins fragrance and beauty conglomerate Luxasia as CEO as it turns to e-commerce; Carlos Murrieta Cummings is appointed director general of Pemex Industrial Transformation (TRI), a subsidiary of Mexican state oil and gas company Pemex; the FCC announces the appointment of Paul de Sa as chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis; Diane Smith-Gander is appointed to the board of independent Australian commercial law firm Henry Davis York; and many more.

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Spotlight On: Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google
September 14, 2016

The technologies that empower us to communicate with each other at unprecedented levels, says Gopi, are also destroying our natural rhythms and causing us to respond with “extreme multitasking.” On a planet where mobile phones now outnumber human beings, the most important tech we possess, he asserts, is our “inner technologies” – our brain, breath, consciousness, and body, through which all our experiences are filtered. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 8, 2016
September 01, 2016

In this week’s 44 alumni headlines, Nancy Killefer is appointed Chairman of next-generation IT solutions and professional services provider CSRA; Peter Bisson joins the board of research and advisory company Gartner; Dennis Devine, a member of KeyCorp's executive leadership team, joins the board of directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Tom Shinner joins the UK's Department for Exiting the EU's senior management team as Director of Cross-Government Policy Coordination; Antonio Casanova is named President of Unilever Spain; and many more.
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Alumni News - Week of August 1, 2016
August 24, 2016

In this week’s 33 alumni headlines, Michael Mire is named Chairman of the UK's Land Registry Board; Clorox's Board of Directors names Pamela Thomas-Graham its Lead Director; Jan Craps is appointed President, Asia Pacific South at Anheuser-Busch InBev; Wombi Rose, co-founder of 3D-greeting card company Lovepop, is included on a Forbes list of entrepreneurs to watch; Luis Ubiñas joins the board of CommerceHub; Ed Petter will head up corporate affairs for BT; and many more.
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Alumni News - Week of July 25, 2016
August 18, 2016

In this week’s 38 alumni headlines, Anant Maheshwari is appointed President of Microsoft India; Linda Fayne Levinson is appointed Lead Director of Jacobs Engineering Group; André Borschberg completes a 505-day journey co-piloting his solar-powered aircraft; multiple alumni are included on Business Insider's Silicon Valley 100 list and Directors & Boards' annual list of Directors to Watch; and many more.
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Alumni News - Week of July 18, 2016
August 12, 2016

In this week’s 20 alumni headlines, Roger Tsai is appointed Head of Strategy and Operations at Disney-ABC Television; Greg Hunt is named Australia's Industry, Innovation and Science Minister; Clare O'Neil is named Australia's Shadow Minister for Justice by Parliament's Opposition Leader; Jerome Guillen will lead Tesla Motors’ new semi-truck program; and many more. Read More..

Ananth Narayanan, CEO of Myntra, aims for historic profitability
August 10, 2016

Ananth is on his way to making history with the online fashion retailer, Myntra, developing it to become the first profitable e-commerce business in India. In a recent conversation with LiveMint, he discusses his role and why he likes the challenge.
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