Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bob Sternfels

Bob Sternfels is the 13th global managing partner of McKinsey & Company. He is passionate about accelerating the firm’s rate of innovation, diversifying its talent profiles, and ensuring that its partnership model continues to thrive as it scales.

A former leader of McKinsey’s Operations Practice in the Americas and its Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice globally, Bob led McKinsey’s client capabilities to ensure that they continue to meet the changing needs of its clients around the world.

Bob is a native Californian. In 1994, he joined the firm in San Francisco, spent six years with McKinsey in Johannesburg, and has worked in nearly all of its offices around the world. As McKinsey’s global managing partner, Bob chairs the elected board of directors, known as the Shareholders Council, and is a member of the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility advisory council and a sponsor of the Women in the Workplace research.

Bob is active in key business institutions and involved with several global initiatives related to the improvement of business and society. He is a founding member and chair of the African Leadership Group and a member of the Business Roundtable, Asia Business Council, Fortune CEO Initiative, New York Jobs CEO Council, Tsinghua SEM Advisory Board, and the Trilateral Commission. He has spoken at events hosted by the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg, and several other leading organizations.

Educated at Stanford University and the University of Oxford, Bob serves on the board of the nonprofit QuestBridge, on the advisory board of USA Water Polo, and as a trustee of the Rhodes Trust. He is also an enthusiastic private pilot.

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