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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)
Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Exploring McKinsey New Ventures with Global Managing Director Dominic Barton
March 01, 2016

Over the past few years, a core part of the Firm’s strategy has been to continuously innovate, modernize and (even) disrupt itself to further expand its ability to deliver deep, lasting client impact. As a result, nearly a third of the Firm's current engagements involve types of work that did not exist a decade ago. To further support this strategy, the Firm recently launched McKinsey New Ventures – a set of capabilities, solutions, and service lines that will pioneer the Firm's next frontier of innovation and entrepreneurialism. This new approach offers a venture / incubator model that leverages external partnerships and capabilities to deliver more transformational impact to clients. During this session, Global Managing Director Dominic Barton and Director Daniel Pacthod, Head of McKinsey New Ventures, will share the latest developments of McKinsey New Ventures – including details about recent acquisitions, and why the Firm has entered into such strategic partnerships as part of a deliberate strategy to bring new tools, technologies, and capabilities to our clients. They will also discuss what has been learned along the way, and how the Firm is utilizing this knowledge to help our clients increase their own rates of innovation. Finally, they will explain how alumni are taking on new roles at the Firm in New Ventures, as well as how they can contribute to and participate in the Firm's growing pipeline of innovative partnerships, alliances, and acquisitions. Read More..

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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point: How to Keep Cities Moving
February 11, 2016

The world’s cities are facing an urgent set of challenges when it comes to ensuring that fundamental rite of urban living: getting around. People hurry from corner to corner; cars and trucks roll along the roads, while bicycles and scooters jostle for space. Unhealthy smog levels and traffic jams, with their chorus of horns and shouts, are routine irritations of urban lives, and things could get much worse as urban populations rise. During this session, our presenters will discuss their recent report on urban mobility and why new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenges of pollution, congestion and infrastructure inefficiencies.  They will also share why solving the mobility challenge will require bold, coordinated actions from the private and public sectors, and why technological advances and commercialization, funding, intelligent policies, and business-model innovation will be needed to realize productivity improvements while creating more sustainable environments in our cities. Read More..

Focus on Founders: Paul Arnold of Switch Ventures on why he invests in alumni
February 08, 2016

Paul Arnold’s newly launched VC firm, Switch Ventures, invests in promising startups – many of them founded by McKinsey alums. There’s a reason he backs so many alumni: he says they’re particularly good at “charting a clear path,” making their entrepreneurial pursuits more likely to be successful. (And yes, he’s ready to write more checks.) Read More..

Alumni News - Week of January 18, 2016
January 25, 2016

In this week’s 30 alumni headlines, Michael Mapes is named CEO of Exal Corporation; Ebru Dorman is named CEO of MV Holding; Michel Paulin is named CEO of SFR; nine alumni and one firm member are named to Debrett's annual list of the 500 most influential Britons; nine alumni and two firm members are named to Forbes' '30 Under 30' lists in the U.S. and Europe; and more. Read More..

Nine alumni, two firm members named to Forbes' '30 Under 30' lists for 2016 in the U.S. and Europe
January 22, 2016

From bringing high-speed internet to Cuba, to helping busy professionals get everyday tasks completed, to improving dental health for underprivileged children, the nine alumni and two current firm members on this year's Forbes '30 Under 30' lists for the U.S. and Europe are helping to drive innovation across a range of sectors. Read More..

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Alumni Headlines - December 2015
January 20, 2016

December's 110 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Michael Barber is appointed to the board of the UK Ministry of Justice; Anoop Prakash aims to win over a new generation of motorbike riders as Managing Director of Harley-Davidson Canada; Christiana Shi is appointed to the board of Mondelēz International; Jennifer Wong is named President of Time Inc. Digital; Carrie Ask joins Levi Strauss as EVP and President, Global Retail; Roger Ferguson is elected Chairman of The Conference Board; Dietmar Exler is named President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and NAFTA Regions; Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, receives a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours list; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of December's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Spotlight On: Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager of Uber for the UK, Ireland, and Nordics
January 19, 2016

In a recent interview, Jo discusses transitions, social impact, and the benefits of not having a fixed plan. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of January 11, 2016
January 18, 2016

In this week’s 30 alumni headlines, Anil Chakravarthy is named CEO of Informatica; Mariame Robinson is named President and CEO of First Global Bank; Sebastian Muschter is appointed Temporary President of Health & Social Affairs in Berlin; Yves Pitton is named CEO of VTX Telecom; Karsten Boyens is named CFO of Hero Group; and more. Read More..

Jaydeep Barman Successfully Expands His "Food-on-demand" Business Faasos
January 11, 2016

Jaydeep's delivery-based food company Faasos is already present in 15 cities in India. He plans to push that number up to around 50 by mid-2016. An article in Forbes India delves into the story behind his appetite for expansion. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of January 4, 2016
January 11, 2016

In this week’s 38 alumni headlines, Dominic Casserley is named President of Willis-Towers Watson; Olivia Streatfeild is elected to the board of Trinity Mirror; Andy Saperstein is named Co-Head of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; Casey Santos and Michael Fremgen are named to the Wall Street Technology Association’s board of directors; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of December 28, 2015
January 04, 2016

In this week’s 13 alumni headlines, Christopher Rodrigues is named Chairman of the Port of London Authority (PLA); several McKinsey alumnae fill TechCrunch’s list of female entrepreneurs who were highly successful in 2015; Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, receives a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours list; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of December 21, 2015
December 28, 2015

In this week’s 21 alumni headlines, Carrie Ask joins Levi Strauss as EVP and President, Global Retail; Roger Ferguson is elected Chairman of The Conference Board; Dietmar Exler is named President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and NAFTA Regions; Bernard Bot joins Travelport as CFO; Navin Ramachandran becomes CEO of Match Group for Asia/Latin America; and more. Read More..


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