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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)
20150805_alumni_webcast_internet of things
Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Webcast - The Internet of Things: Creating Value by Linking Physical and Digital Worlds
August 05, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to fundamentally shift the way we interact with our surroundings. New research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), with the Firm's Tech/Media/Telecom and Business Technology Practices, estimates that the economic impact from IoT could be trillions of dollars annually if technology suppliers, companies, consumers, and others focus on those opportunities with the greatest potential for driving economic and social benefits. During this session, our presenters will share their research on the potential impact of IoT applications in nine different settings, (the human body, homes, offices, factories, retail environments, worksites, vehicles, cities, and outdoors), and the key success factors for each player in the IoT ecosystem – from suppliers of technology, corporate customers, to individual consumers. They will also discuss critical enablers and specific barriers to capturing the full value of IoT. Read More..

Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Webcast - How the Firm is Promoting a Sustainable Global Ocean
July 23, 2015

The health of the global ocean is under severe threat from overfishing, acidification, pollution, plastics, and the destruction of ecosystems, and recent data compiled by the Firm has helped to assess the economic importance, peril and potential of the global ocean. Conducted in conjunction with the Global Ocean Commission, this research shows that exploitive practices are not profitable – and can harm our resources in both the short and long term. During this session our experts will share their research findings and explain why resource sustainability, along with a rescue plan to save the ocean, will produce significantly higher economic gains than practices that deplete and abuse the ocean’s resources. They will also discuss the potential opportunities that can result from the ocean’s recovery, as compared to the losses that will be sustained by managing the seas in a business-as-usual way – without any regard to the real cost of the ocean’s decline. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - May 2015
June 29, 2015

May's 67 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Cody Phipps is named President and CEO of Owens & Minor; Jenny Zhang is named CEO of China Lodging Group; Betsy Bohlen becomes the highest-ranking woman in the Chicago Diocese; Carlos Torres is named COO of BBVA; David Stevens will become the new CEO of Admiral Group; Saikiran Krishnamurthy joins Flipkart as COO, Commerce Division; Rajan Anandan and Imran Amed are among Fast Company's 2015 “Most Creative in Business”; Manish Sinha will lead Equifax's India business; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of May's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Darren Brehm: Defying Early Injury to Make It to the Top
June 29, 2015

Darren was recently featured in New Mobility Magazine for his perseverance and success after a rollover car accident in 1993 made him a C4-5 quadriplegic. He’s now the director of procurement for North American ingredients at Kraft Foods, where he manages a $950 million budget and a team of 13, and is the father of two four-year-old twins. Here he discusses how he learned to make peace with his disability, and accept help along the way. Read More..

Jeremy liew
Jeremy Liew Looks Past the Hype to Invest in True Greatness
June 25, 2015

Jeremy, a partner at Lightspeed, has a talent for identifiying winners: among the companies he's picked for backing are Snapchat, Bonobos, and Whisper. How does he do it? By distinguishing between hype and enduring value. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of June 15, 2015
June 22, 2015

In this week’s 25 alumni headlines, Nikita Fahrenholz is on the FT's list of top young tech entrepreneurs; four alums are named to a list of India's 'hottest business leaders under 40'; Michael Bonacker will join the management board of Germany's BHF-Bank; Alexander Dibelius will join CVC Capital Partners; Thierry Miremont is named President of TNT France; Steve Louden joins Roku as CFO; Hooi Ling Tan’s e-hailing service GrabTaxi gets major traction in Southeast Asia; and much more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of June 8, 2015
June 15, 2015

In this week’s 19 alumni headlines, Joanna Rotenberg is named Head of Personal Wealth Management at BMO Financial Group; four alums are on Glassdoor’s list of the UK's 25 best bosses; Leif Holst-Liæker will take the helm at Bergans of Norway; Lila Snyder is named President of Pitney Bowes’ new global e-commerce business unit; Dirk Tietz is named CTO of DER Touristik; Lasse Lindqvist is appointed CMO of Marimekko; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of June 1, 2015
June 08, 2015

In this week’s 21 alumni headlines, George Kurian is named CEO of NetApp, and Mike Nevens is named Chairman of NetApp’s board; Ireena Vittal joins the management board of India’s CEPT University; Janet Matricciani will become CEO of World Acceptance Corporation; André Borschberg continues his around-the-world solar flight; Mukund Vasudevan is named VP and GM for India at Ecolab; Sean Hinton takes an executive role at Open Society Foundations; and more. Read More..

"Humble and Hungry": Darren Huston's Philosophy for Global Online Travel Success at Priceline
June 03, 2015

A recent CNBC profile highlights Darren's career moves, leadership style, and approach to business that have translated into tremendous success. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of May 25, 2015
June 01, 2015

In this week’s 21 alumni headlines, Jenny Zhang is named CEO of China Lodging Group; Sercan Celebi organizes election monitors in Turkey; Luis Ubiñas is the new Board President of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF); Amit Jain will lead Uber in India; Saikiran Krishnamurthy joins Flipkart as COO, Commerce Division; William Hague takes a private-sector role; and more. Read More..

Spotlight On: Simon Arora, CEO of B&M Stores
May 29, 2015

In 2005, B&M was a small, loss-making chain of stores. In the last 10 years, Simon has turned it into a variety retail giant with 480 locations across the UK and Germany – creating 19,000 jobs and a London Stock Exchange listing along the way. In this feature, Simon shares his thoughts on the keys to his company’s astonishing success, how his time at McKinsey influenced him, and why, at B&M, one plus one equals eleven. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - April 2015
May 28, 2015

April's 85 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Jane Fraser will lead Citigroup's Latin America Consumer Operations; Ghislain Lescuyer is named Chairman of the management board of Saft; Steve Youngwood joins Sesame Workshop as Chief Operating Officer; Samba Natarajan is named CEO of Group Digital Life at SingTel; Hal Lawton joins eBay as Head of North America; Markus Rieß will take the helm of Ergo Group; Jonathan Auerbach is named SVP of Strategy and Growth at PayPal; Derek Bouchard-Hall takes the helm of USA Cycling; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of April's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..


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