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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)
20170808 private markets webcast
Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - A Routinely Exceptional Year: Global Private Markets Review
August 08, 2017

During this session, Senior Partner Aly Jeddy and Associate Partner Matt Portner will discuss findings from the Firm’s recently published annual report on private markets, including perspectives on the sector’s latest developments, challenges, and opportunities. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending July 9, 2017
July 14, 2017

In this week’s 20 alumni headlines, Brooks Brothers names Matteo del Vecchio as VP of Strategy and Development; Carrefour appoints Flavia Buarque de Almeida to its board of directors; Morehouse College names Harold Martin as Interim President; Shutterfly, Inc. names Scott Arnold as President of Shutterfly Enterprise; Swire Pacific names current Partner David Cogman as Executive Director; and many more.   Read More..

Alumni News - Weeks Ending June 27 and July 2, 2017
July 07, 2017

In this week's 65 alumni headlines, ABN AMRO appoints Karin Kersten to Global Head of Trade & Commodity Finance; Douglas appoints Andreas Bork as CEO for Germany and Switzerland; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group names Lain Hancock CEO of Bai Brands; Generali Group appoints Bruno Scaroni Group Strategy & Business Accelerator Director; Marico appoints Ananth Narayanan to its board; Princeton University Board of Trustees elects Beth Cobert to the board; Tom Tailor elects Thomas Tochtermann to Chairman of the Supervisory Board; and many more.  Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending June 18, 2017
June 27, 2017

In this week's 40 alumni headlines, Essendant appoints Richard Phillips Interim President and CEO; the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) elects Karien van Gennip as Vice-Chair; AbbVie names Jerome Bouyer UK General Manager; Ritchie Bros. appoints Amy Guggenheim Shenkan to its board of directors; Wortmann Gruppe names Tobias Seng its new CFO; U.S. Bank names current Senior Partner Tim Welsh Vice Chairman of Consumer Banking Sales and Support; and more. Read More..

Spotlight On: Andreas Zielke, 21st-century Renaissance man
June 19, 2017

There are McKinsey alumni who work in the film industry, a few who are involved with car racing, and many involved in the hospitality business. But former Senior Partner Andreas Zielke may be the only alum who is involved in all three. Andreas says he has always had diverse interests, but adds that there is a common thread in all his endeavors: “a dedication to extraordinary experiences.” Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending June 11, 2017
June 16, 2017

In this week's 33 alumni headlines, Ascena Retail Group appoints Stacey Rauch to its board of directors; Automobili Lamborghini names Paolo Poma CFO and Managing Director; Ferroglobe names Manuel Garrido y Ruano a director of its board, with CEO Pedro Larrea Paguaga to join later this month; Willis Towers Watson appoints Taro Ogai Head of Investments for Asia Pacific, effective July 1; and more.
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Alumni News - Week Ending June 4, 2017
June 13, 2017

In this week's 23 alumni headlines, Belmond Limited elects Demetra Pinsent to its board of directors; ESADE business school names Senior Partner Emeritus Ramon Forn to its board; Rabobank names Ieko Sevinga CIO and COO, effective September 1; Williams-Sonoma elects Christiana Smith Shi and Frits van Paasschen to its board; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending May 28, 2017
June 01, 2017

In this week's 48 alumni headlines, Marks & Spencer appoints Melanie Smith as Director of Strategy; CBRE Group names Beth Cobert to its board of directors; Luxfer Group names Alok Maskara CEO-elect and a member of its board of directors; Tyson Foods appoints Monica McGurk its Chief Growth Officer; and much more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending May 21, 2017
May 26, 2017

In this week's 30 alumni headlines, Chubb appoints Lord Adair Turner Chairman of Chubb European Group Limited and Chubb Underwriting Agencies Limited; Syngenta Foundation appoints Simon Winter as Executive Director, effective September 1; Tisak d.d. names Fabris Perusko its new CFO; Astellas promotes Paul Kang to Executive Director, Marketing Sciences; Cisco names Nal Gollagunta its Managing Director of Enterprise Sales in India; Saxo Bank names Arnoud Rozendaal its Chief Customer Experience Officer; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending May 14, 2017
May 23, 2017

In this week's 45 alumni headlines, the Obama Foundation appoints Lynn Taliento as Chief Program Officer; Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions appoints Peter Feldhaus as CEO; Mekonomen elects Magnus Håkansson to its board of directors; Whole Foods names Ken Hicks as an independent director, and names Mary Ellen Coe the new Chair of its Nominating & Governance Committee; Lindab International elects John Hedberg to its board of directors; the Swiss Finance Institute names Adrian Nösberger a new member its Foundation Board; Bridgeway Capital Management President Tammira Philippe is recognized as one of the top women in asset management in Money Management Executive’s annual awards; and more. Read More..

Spotlight On: Sabine Bendiek, Chairwoman of the Management Board, Microsoft Germany
May 22, 2017

In January 2016, Sabine Bendiek took over as Chairwoman of the Management Board at Microsoft Germany – the first woman at the top of the company. In this feature she discusses the qualities that have got her where she is today, how the Firm shaped her life, and what she hopes to achieve during her time at the helm of Microsoft Germany. Read More..


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