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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)
Alumni News - Week of May 11, 2015
May 18, 2015

In this week's 19 alumni headlines, John Penrose is appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the U.K. Cabinet Office; Paola Bonomo joins Facebook as Global Marketing Solutions Director for Southern Europe; Rohit Singh receives Think Business's Corporate Banker of the Year Award in Kenya; Sébastien Deletaille is named an MIT Innovator Under 35 for Belgium; David Stevens will become the new CEO of Admiral Group; Michel Perraudin is elected President of the Supervisory Board of Hugo Boss; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of May 4, 2015
May 11, 2015

In this week's 13 alumni headlines, Betsy Bohlen becomes the highest-ranking woman in the Chicago Diocese; Carlos Torres is named COO of BBVA; Manish Sinha will lead Equifax's India business; Bruno Holthof is named the new Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals Trust; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 27, 2015
May 04, 2015

In this week's 14 alumni headlines, Vadim Larine will become the new CEO of Severstal; Johanna Waterous will bring external oversight to law firm HSF; Warwick Bray is appointed CFO of Telstra; Cressida Pollock is named Interim CEO of English National Opera; Derek Bouchard-Hall takes the helm of USA Cycling; and more. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - March 2015
April 27, 2015

March's 91 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Tidjane Thiam is named CEO of Credit Suisse; Tad Smith is named CEO of Sotheby's; Björn Ivroth is named CEO of EVRY; Doug Gurr will become Chairman of the British Heart Foundation; Tanuja Randery is appointed President of UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric; Ron O'Hanley joins State Street as Head of its Asset Management business; Fedor Kirsanov joins OMZ as Deputy CEO; Claude Généreux joins Power Financial Corporation as Executive Vice President; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of March's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 20, 2015
April 27, 2015

In this week’s 19 alumni headlines, Markus Rieß will take the helm of Ergo Group in October; Jonathan Auerbach is named SVP of Strategy and Growth at PayPal; Annet Aris joins the Supervisory Board of ASML; Jeff Hurst is named CSO at HomeAway; Chris Fuqua takes a new senior executive marketing role at Dunkin' Donuts; Nobu Okada's startup Astroscale removes extraterrestrial junk; and more. Read More..

Mark Weldon's Media Moves in Auckland
April 20, 2015

Mark, CEO of New Zealand media company MediaWorks, recently spoke with about the power of reality television, his strategy for TV-radio-digital convergence, and how he ended up in media management after a varied career. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 13, 2015
April 20, 2015

In this week’s 18 alumni headlines, Jane Fraser will lead Citigroup's Latin America Consumer Operations; Samba Natarajan is named CEO, Group Digital Life at SingTel; Tom Schmitt will head up Contract Logistics at Schenker AG; Hal Lawton is named Head of eBay North America; Clara Streit is appointed to the board of Jerónimo Martins; and more. Read More..

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..


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