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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)
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, Associate Partner Matt Portner, and Engagement Manager Tyler Yoon 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..

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Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Solving the 50% Problem: Reducing the High Failure Rate of Sales Reps in Fast Growth Sectors
July 13, 2017

During this webcast, Judy Wade (Silicon Valley), Senior Advisor and Co-Head of the Fast Growth Tech Practice, and Russell Groves (Atlanta), VP of the Firm’s Sales Solutions, will discuss the Firm’s latest research on what separates high- from low-performing salespeople in growth-stage technology companies, and what companies should look for when recruiting, training, and retaining the best talent. 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..

Shantanu Deshpande and Deepu Panicker Unite Tradition and Technology at Bombay Shaving Company
May 19, 2017

Shantanu and Deepu’s approach to shaving is the marriage of old traditions and new technology. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending May 7, 2017
May 18, 2017

In this week's 42 alumni headlines, LEGO Group names Marjorie Lao as Chief Financial Officer; Marks & Spencer appoints Archie Norman as Chairman, effective September 1; Encore Capital Group names Ashish Masih its new President and CEO; CompuCom names Hardik Shah its new Chief Strategy Officer; Crédit Agricole Italia names Olivier Guilhamon its Deputy General Manager, Corporate; Bayer names Bhavesh Ashar SVP and Head of Oncology for its U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division; Origin Energy appoints Teresa Engelhard to its board of directors; and more. Read More..

Focus on Founders: Nick Weaver, founder of WiFi mesh network eero
May 18, 2017

Eero's headquarters started out in the living room of Nick's apartment in 2014. Fast-forward to today: eero has a partnership with Amazon, praise from top-tier media – and made $2.5 million in sales in its first two weeks of pre-sales. "When I get focused on something, I don't let go," Nick says. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending April 30, 2017
May 17, 2017

In this week's 30 alumni headlines, Diebold Nixdorf elects Dr. Alexander Dibelius, Dr. Dieter Düsedau, and Dr. Jürgen Wunram to its board of directors; Network Ten names Ivan Yu its Chief Transformation Officer; McColl's Retail Group names Jens Hofma to its board as an independent non-executive director, effective July 1; Powermat appoints Dan Stone as Chairman of the Board; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending April 23, 2017
May 01, 2017

In this week's 38 alumni headlines, Citigroup names David Chubak Head of Retail Banking and Mortgages; AXA names Jad Ariss Group Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility; MassMutual appoints Aaron Miller Head of Strategy & Corporate Development; Tyson Foods appoints Justin Whitmore Chief Sustainability Officer; Hexal AG appoints Stephan Eder Chairman of the Board; Warburg Pincus appoints Dominic Casserley as a senior advisor; and more. Read More..

Spotlight On: Philippe Mauchard, who fosters beneficial disruption at B-Hive
April 24, 2017

Philippe, the quicksilver mind behind McKinsey Solutions, is co-founder and Chief Bridge Officer at B-Hive, a platform that fosters the collaboration between startups and large companies – particularly those in the financial services industry. In this feature, Philippe discusses his quirky title, his unquenchable curiosity, and why he doesn’t understand the word ‘impossible.’ Read More..

Focus on Founders: Charles Sekwalor brings talent – and economic development – to Africa with Movemeback
April 21, 2017

Movemeback aims to drive social and economic development in Africa by connecting leading talent with distinctive career and entrepreneurship opportunities – both on the continent and with each other – for meaningful collaborations. Charles, a self-described “eternal optimist,” recognizes the interconnected, complex challenges facing development in Africa, but sees just as many solutions. And his ambitions for Africa don’t stop with business: a lifelong Formula One fan, he dreams of one day bringing the prestigious auto race to the continent. Read More..


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