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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 - Strategy in a Digital Age
October 04, 2016

During this session, Senior Partner Martin Hirt and Partner Jay Scanlan will discuss how leaders can develop their corporate and business-unit strategies to compete in today's digitally disrupted world. They will share specific frameworks that use the fundamentals of supply and demand to examine the forces at work – a method which clarifies the sources of digital disruption and the conditions in which it occurs, and helps business leaders 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 them. They will 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..

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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Perspectives for CEOs on Advanced Analytics
September 28, 2016

During this session, which is offered in partnership with McKinsey Analytics, Senior Partners Nicolaus Henke and Tamim Saleh will join Simon Williams, Founder and Director of QuantumBlack – a next-generation data analytics company acquired by the Firm in 2015 – to provide an in-depth look at how today’s leaders are capturing value from advanced analytics. Our presenters will share an overview of the key questions CEOs need to ask when they want to bring analytics into the core of their business.  They’ll also offer insights into where leaders should invest and how executives can develop the institutional skills and structures needed to fully realize the impact of this new management science. Finally, our experts will share perspectives on the growth of analytics and other issues, including the competitive necessity of bringing big data analytics into corporate strategy; the opportunities and challenges created by recent advances in analytics; how big data analytics became one of the most disruptive and potentially transformative developments in management; and how analyzing data at scale can lead to improved performance through better decision making across the organization.
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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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Alumni News - Week of July 11, 2016
August 05, 2016

In this week’s 33 alumni headlines, Magnus Agervald is appointed CEO of Ratos AB; investment firm Blackstone adds venture capitalist Jim Breyer to its board; technology and manufacturing company Honeywell appoints Vikas Chadha as President of Honeywell India; and many more.  Read More..

André Borschberg Joins the Ranks of Earhart, Wright Brothers in Pioneering Human Flight
August 05, 2016

Along with his co-pilot, André has completed a history-making, around-the-world flight in Solar Impulse, the sun-powered aircraft he helped to build. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of July 4, 2016
July 29, 2016

In this week’s 48 alumni headlines, Charles Roxburgh is appointed Second Permanent Secretary at the UK Treasury; Margo Georgiadis is named chair of the Ad Council's board; Max Schönholzer appointed CEO at Sanitas; Luis Felipe Dau is appointed global president at Embraco; Jayant Sinha is appointed India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation; and many more.  Read More..

Alumni News - Week of June 27, 2016
July 22, 2016

In this week’s 24 alumni headlines, Stephan Sturm is named CEO of $30B health products company Fresenius SE & Co.; Roger Ferguson is appointed by Google parent company Alphabet to serve on the boards of both companies; Robin Loh joins global insurer Allianz as Chief Digital Officer for Asia; Yulia Chupina is appointed Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Russian banking and financial services company Sberbank; and many more.
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Focus on Founders: Nobu Okada takes on the threat of space junk with Astroscale
July 21, 2016

No GPS. No mobile phone service. No online banking. No satellite broadcasting. No accurate weather forecasting. Unless something is done to limit and remove the debris orbiting the earth, these are all becoming very real possibilities. Working through a complex tangle of geopolitics, logistics, legalities, and financing, Nobu and his team of “Space Sweepers” have launched a plan (and a company) to remove some of the junk cluttering our atmosphere and threatening satellite safety. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of June 20, 2016
July 12, 2016

In this week’s 25 alumni headlines, Patrick Bérard is named CEO of global smart-energy solutions company Rexel; Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, education chief for the United Arab Emirates, tackles youth unemployment in the region; Melanie Kreis is named CFO at Deutsche Post DHL; Dr. Henrik Haenecke joins the management board of BVG, Germany’s largest local public transport company; Nancy Killefer is elected Chairman of IT services company CSRA Inc.; Adil Zainulbhai, head of the Quality Council of India, will assist with marketing Indian Railways; and more. Read More..


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