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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)
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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)
  • "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)
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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)
Update on McKinsey New Ventures – with a deep dive on Internet of Things and McKinsey Academy
June 01, 2017

Senior Partner Daniel Pacthod, Head of McKinsey New Ventures, Senior Partner Eric Lamarre, and Partner Charlotte Relyea will offer an inside look at the latest developments since our New Ventures alumni webcast last year. Read More..

The New Battleground for Marketing-led Growth
May 04, 2017

Partner Dave Elzinga and Associate Partner Bo Finneman will discuss the Firm’s new, forward-looking growth index – the Customer Growth Indicator (CGI) – and its implications for the world of shopping and why hooking consumers early is the strongest path to growth.

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Alumni News - Week Ending March 19, 2017
March 24, 2017

In this week's 32 alumni headlines, Zurich Insurance Group appoints Florence Tondu-Mélique as CEO of its French operations; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appoints Jeffrey Helbling as his technical advisor; Expedia appoints Chelsea Clinton to its board; KBC Group names David Moucheron CEO of K&H Bank and Country CEO for Hungary; News Corp Australia appoints Siobhan McKenna as Group Director, Broadcasting; Lincoln Financial Group names Raj Chakraborty its Chief Digital Officer; Leonardo S.p.A. will name Alessandro Profumo as its new chief executive; Nordea Bank AB elects Lars Wollung to its board of directors; Slack Technologies adds Square CFO Sarah Friar as its first independent board member; and more. Read More..

Three alumni named to World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Class of 2017
March 22, 2017

Three alumni from different sectors and geographies are among this year's class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Read More..

Focus on Founders: Anna Auerbach redefines work with Werk
March 21, 2017

Anna believes a few things to be true. First, continuous, progressive workforce participation is central to career advancement. Second, the demands of home and family aren't compatible with traditional workforce participation, and women tend to bear the consequences. Third, structuring jobs in ways that allow continuity and care to coexist is part of a formula that can keep women on the path to career advancement. That is the mission of Werk, the New York-based marketplace helping top companies re-imagine the structure of employment and connecting them with talented women looking for work flexibility. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending March 12, 2017
March 20, 2017

In this week's 39 alumni headlines, Abertis appoints António Viana-Baptista as an independent director; American University appoints Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow in the School of International Service; Esprit appoints Dieter Messner as General Manager, Germany; Warner Bros. Consumer Products names John Louie its Senior Vice President, International; AFK Sistema reelects Mikhail Shamolin as President and Chairman; Bank Zachodni WBK appoints Arkadiusz Przybył to its management board; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending March 5, 2017
March 13, 2017

In this week's 42 alumni headlines, Bridgewater Associates names David McCormick its co-CEO; Chase Merchant Services names Valeria Strappa its Chief Administrative Officer; Fiesta Restaurant Group appoints Stacey Rauch as non-executive Chairman; South Korea's Incheon National University names Chankeun Lee its new Vice-Chancellor; Walker & Dunlop appoints Michael Warren to its board; Infrastructure Toronto names Ehren Cory President and CEO; Aurecon appoints Alex Wonhas as global managing director for its energy and resources business; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending February 26, 2017
March 03, 2017

In this week's 35 headlines, Credit Suisse names Iñigo Mendoza its new Head of Private Banking, India; Fairfax Media appoints Mickie Rosen to its Board as a Non-Executive Director; Graham Bradley joins GrainCorp as Chairman; Shutterfly, Inc. names Will Lansing Chairman of the Board; State Street Global Advisors promotes Cyrus Taraporevala to an expanded role; William Demant Holding A/S appoints Niels Christiansen its new Chairman of the Board; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending February 19, 2017
February 24, 2017

In this week's 32 alumni headlines, Xiaomi promotes Manu Jain to Global Vice President; Diebold Nixdorf names Jürgen Wunram COO; Pare Bem Estacionamentos names Fernando Andrade its new CFO; Rexel adds Agnès Touraine as an Independent Director to its Board of Directors; International Meal Company (IMC) appoints Newton Maia as CEO; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia hires Matthew Bayley as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer; Texas Instruments elects Todd Bluedorn to its board; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending February 12, 2017
February 17, 2017

In this week's 38 alumni headlines, the Bank of England names Charlotte Hogg its Deputy Governor for markets and banking; Yum China appoints Joey Wat as President and COO; KeyBank names Jamie Warder as Head of Business Banking; Baloise appoints Matthias Henny as its Chief Investment Officer; DHL Supply Chain names Karsten Schwarz CEO for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; Northrop Grumman appoints Stan Crow CEO for Japan; two alums are named to Forbes' '30 Under 30' list for India; and more. Read More..

Firm icons Ken Ohmae and Fred Gluck join forces to host a week-long program on innovation and startups
February 16, 2017

Former Senior Partner and Japanese organizational theorist Ken Ohmae – hailed by the Financial Times as "Japan's only management guru" – recently brought 81 Japanese CEOs and Presidents to Silicon Valley for a week to learn all about innovation and startups. There he teamed up with former Global Managing Partner (and longtime friend) Fred Gluck for an afternoon hosted by Gluck's company CytomX, giving the visitors a unique insight into how innovation happens at the grassroots level. Our discussion with them ranges from their 40-year friendship to post-retirement entrepreneurship. Read More..

How Lisa Joy's "Leap of Faith" Led to One of 2016's Biggest TV Hits
February 16, 2017

Lisa is the co-creator and executive producer of the much-talked-about fantasy drama, Westworld, which received a Golden Globe nomination for best television drama series. Creative writing had long been a passion of hers, but her ideas about what constituted a “respectable life” might have kept her on a very different path. In a feature in Cosmopolitan, Lisa chronicles the journey that took her from management consulting and law school to the creative halls of HBO. Read More..


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