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Katy serves as global co-leader of the manufacturing group within our Operations Practice and is a leader within the Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice. She also directs our New Jersey office.

Katy focuses on helping healthcare companies with supply chain, manufacturing, and quality issues, but she has also provided assistance on topics related to corporate strategy and commercial effectiveness. Many of her projects have involved setting operational strategies, defining and launching new organizational structures and operating models, and optimizing supply and manufacturing performance to lower costs, improve service, and increase market access. Within McKinsey, Katy leads our Quality Roundtables for executives in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries and has directed multi-client benchmarking initiatives related to quality and compliance. In addition to healthcare companies, Kay applies her knowledge of quality issues to the consumer, food, and high-tech sectors.

After receiving an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, Katy earned a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University. Her doctoral work focused on factory management and supply-chain improvements in the assembly industries. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1996, Katy worked as an associate analyst at National Economic Research Associates.

Katy serves on the board of Episcopal Relief & Development, an international relief and development agency.

Published work

Building new strengths in the healthcare supply chain,” (PDF–865 KB) McKinsey & Company, January 2013

Strength in unity: The promise of global standards in healthcare,” (PDF–3.21 MB) McKinsey & Company, October 2012

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey & Company, November 2012

Expect the unexpected: Reduce corporate exposure and create value through supply chain risk management,” (PDF–10.8 MB) Operations for the Executive Suite, McKinsey & Company, December 2011

Why quality should be on the medical device CEO agenda: The business case,” (PDF–10.8 MB) Operations for the Executive Suite, McKinsey & Company, October 2011

Education
Harvard University PhD in business economics
Oberlin College BS in economics and government

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