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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)
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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)
  • "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 – Debt and (not much) Deleveraging
May 13, 2015

Global debt has risen by $57 trillion since the 2008 financial crisis - posing new risks to financial stability and economic growth. Current solutions are not sufficient, and new approaches to managing and monitoring debt will be required. Firm experts have recently analyzed the evolution of global debt, and the resulting MGI report identifies three areas of emerging risk: soaring government debt; the continued rise in household debt; and the quadrupling of China’s debt since 2007. During this session, MGI Partner, Susan Lund, and report advisor, former Director, Adair, Lord Turner, will explain the implications of their findings, and why there is a pressing need to innovate how debt is created, managed, and resolved. They will share proposals and innovations related to debt reduction, and will discuss ways to create a system that can support debt, while avoiding the destructive boom-bust credit cycles of the past. Read More..

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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast – Diversity Matters
May 05, 2015

To further understand the business case for why diversity matters, the Firm has recently expanded the scope of its research efforts on the performance/diversity relationship to include the broader lens of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. The resulting “Diversity Matters” report  provides the first global economic argument that there is a correlation between broader diversity - on boards and top executive teams - and superior economic performance and organizational health. During this session, the report authors will tease out some of the details of these relationships and how to take full advantage of the opportunities that diverse leadership teams provide. Read More..

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Ndidi Nwuneli: The Ripple Effect of a Nigerian Change Maker
April 17, 2015

Ndidi, Co-Founder and Director of AACE Foods, Director of Sahel Capital Partners, and advocate for the leadership potential of women in Nigeria, recently spoke with All Africa about her philosophy on effecting change when societal norms are stacked against women’s success. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 6, 2015
April 13, 2015

In this week's 26 alumni headlines, Jim Clayton is named CEO of Breville; three alumni and a current firm member are named to Crain's '40 under 40' list for New York; Ghislain Lescuyer is named Chairman of the management board of Saft; Steve Youngwood joins Sesame Workshop as Chief Operating Officer; Fida Bou Chabké is appointed CEO of Boisé-Vivelys; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 30, 2015
April 06, 2015

In this week's 16 alumni headlines, Ron O'Hanley joins State Street as Head of its Asset Management business; Brian Stafford is named CEO of Diligent Board Member Services; Trey Loughran is named CMO at Equifax; Fedor Kirsanov joins OMZ as Deputy CEO; Lenny Mendonca is named a Senior Fellow at Presidio Institute; Jean Holloway is appointed General Counsel at CryoLife; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 23, 2015
March 30, 2015

In this week's 19 alumni headlines, Björn Ivroth is named CEO of EVRY; Kamran Ansari joins Pinterest to head corporate development; Amisha Jain, Shveta Raina, and current Firm member Sahana Sarma are among India Inc.’s list of 'Rising Women Leaders'; Bill Meehan is honored with the Stanford Excellence in Leadership Award; and more.


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Alumni Headlines - February 2015
March 25, 2015

February's 71 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Helge Lund joins BG Group as CEO; Sir Howard Davies will become the new Chairman of RBS; Matt Brittin is named Head of EMEA at Google; Dana Dunne is named the new CEO of eDreams ODIGEO; Isobel Coleman is confirmed as a U.S. Representative to the UN; Anders Carlström joins Standard Chartered as Head of Digital Banking; Ewa Szmidt-Belcarz is named CEO of Poland's Empik Sp. z o.o.; Hannes Wittig will join Deutsche Telekom as Head of Investor Relations; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of February's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 16, 2015
March 23, 2015

In this week's 24 alumni headlines, Tad Smith is named CEO of Sotheby's; Tera Allas joins the governing board of Innovate UK; Michiel de Ruiter joins Zeelandia Group as CEO; Andy Saperstein is named Co-COO of Banking & Trading at Morgan Stanley; Jan-Philipp Pfander is appointed Managing Director at Moelis & Company; and more. Read More..

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Spotlight On: Alison Watkins, CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil
March 20, 2015

Recently named one of the five most powerful women in Australia, Alison talks with us about how asking for a senior role helped propel her into leadership, who inspires her, and the life-changing piece of advice – "Don’t hide your light" – she received from one of her McKinsey women mentors. Read More..

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Five alumni named to World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Class of 2015
March 19, 2015

Alums from across the globe, as well as a current Firm Partner, are among this year's class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Read More..

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Chaim Motzen brings sustainable energy to sub-Saharan Africa
March 18, 2015

Chaim, co-founder and managing director of Gigawatt Global, has led the successful development of a major solar field in Rwanda. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 9, 2015
March 16, 2015

In this week's 15 alumni headlines, Tidjane Thiam is named CEO of Credit Suisse; Patrick Pichette is set to retire as CFO of Google; Wilm Langenbach joins AXA as COO of Mediterranean and LatAm; Todd Strubbe joins VeriSign as COO; Amy Chang joins the board of Splunk; and more. Read More..

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