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McKinsey Q&A: Pierre

– Meet Pierre, a partner in our London office who focuses in high-tech, media and telecom. Pierre is one of the leaders of our Destination EMEA program that connects MBA students in the U.S. with opportunities and McKinsey colleagues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. People have been at the center of Pierre’s McKinsey journey from the start, so it’s no surprise how much he loves sharing the firm with potential new members.

Pierre

Interviewer: What brought you to McKinsey?

Pierre: After finishing my MBA, I was looking for a place to continue developing my leadership style while tackling the complex business challenges I love. McKinsey seemed like the best place to do that, and I was in awe of the people; they were even more diverse than my MBA classmates yet united by strong values of client service and people development. In my starting class of 20 people, there was a neuro-surgeon, a former U.S. Navy seal, an NGO executive, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Five years later, I work with two to three teams of amazing people at a time and I’m still addressing fun and tough problems, such as how to deploy a mobile network in Africa or turn around a company that’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Interviewer: What’s the best part about your role?

Pierre: The people. I get the chance to work with 30-40 colleagues throughout the year building coaching relationships that go well beyond individual projects. Seeing my mentees develop to their full potential and being part of that journey is extremely exciting. Outside the firm, my clients provide an incredible source of energy. I’ve known several of them for many years, and they constantly push me to do my best.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about outside of work?

Pierre: I’m lucky enough to have a great wife and three beautiful kids, so as you can imagine, when I’m not working I’m all about my family. I love watching my kids grow, helping them discover the world and try new things, sharing experiences, and simply watching them sleep and hearing them laugh. My eldest just learned how to ride a bike without stabilisers, which made me feel equally old and proud!