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Katy co-leads our global work in manufacturing within our Operations Practice and is a leader within the Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice.

Katy focuses on helping healthcare companies with manufacturing and quality issues, and has also provided assistance on topics related to corporate strategy, commercial effectiveness, and end-to-end supply chain. In all of her work, Katy instills a focus on capability building to support sustained performance improvement. She has led efforts to develop a comprehensive set of training materials to support client skill building in lean manufacturing, asset productivity, and quality. It also has built a global network of "model factories" that support on-site experiential learning and capability building.

Katy leads healthcare industry quality roundtables and other initiatives to inform and drive improvement in quality practices and outcomes; she has also directed multi-client benchmarking initiatives related to quality and compliance. As a manufacturing leader, Katy has focused on global macroeconomic changes, advanced manufacturing technologies, and how they will reshape manufacturing strategies and opportunities.

Katy co-authored McKinsey’s report “Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation," a collaboration with McKinsey’s Global Institute (2013). She also co-authored McKinsey’s perspective “Next-shoring: A CEO’s Guide” (2014). Katy has spoken at multiple conferences and with clients on advanced manufacturing technology adoption, digital manufacturing management, the role of advanced analytics in manufacturing, and regional manufacturing competitiveness.

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 works actively with Episcopal Relief & Development, an international relief and development agency

Published work

Are you ready for 3-D printing?,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2015

Next-shoring: A CEO’s guide,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2014

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

  • Harvard University PhD, business economics
  • Oberlin College BS, economics and government

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