McKinsey Midwest

McKinsey in the Midwest US

With the founding of McKinsey & Company in Chicago in 1926, James McKinsey, a professor from the University of Chicago, established a new profession to help business leaders solve their most important challenges. Today, our Midwest offices are home to more than 900 exceptional people from around the world, who work with most of the region’s largest companies—and with many of the young, entrepreneurial firms and public institutions—across every major sector.

The Midwest is a fast-growing, $4 trillion economy; if it were a country, it would have the world’s fourth largest GDP. As the most diverse economy in the United States, it is home to global leaders and exciting innovators in sectors including consumer goods, healthcare, digital manufacturing, aerospace, financial services, telecommunications, and much more. In partnership with civic and business leaders, we help accelerate economic growth and job creation across the region. We also play an active role in revitalizing our cities—which boast world-class education, cultural institutions, and sports. With natural beauty on their doorsteps, from the Appalachians to the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains, our cities are consistently ranked as being among the nation’s most livable, attractive, and affordable.

What brings us together is a passion to make things better—to help our clients set bold aspirations, energize their teams, reinvigorate their organizations, and unlock growth. We’re also committed to leadership development and personal growth, and we cherish the dynamism that our diversity brings; our colleagues include business founders, authors, inventors, physicians, musicians, professional athletes, and military veterans.


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  • of McKinsey, established in 1926

  • companies based in the Midwest

Our people

  • Rich Sykes

    Director

    Managing partner of McKinsey’s US Midwest offices; advises aerospace, automotive, consumer, industrial, and healthcare clients on strategy, operations, and organizationmore

  • Virginia Simmons

    Director

    Leads McKinsey’s Chicago office; brings deep experience in supporting retailers, banks, and other customer-facing firms to drive growth, harness new technologies, and transform marketing and service operationsmore

  • Brendan Buescher

    Director

    Leads McKinsey’s Cleveland office; supports both public- and private-sector organizations to drive innovation and growth and brings particular expertise in helping healthcare clients deliver far-reaching performance transformationmore

  • Kweilin Ellingrud

    Principal

    Leads our Minneapolis location; with more than a decade of experience at McKinsey, serves clients across both strategy and operations transformationsmore

  • Patrick Finn

    Principal

    Leads McKinsey’s Detroit location; has broad experience in supporting healthcare organizations—particularly payors—on strategic planning for reform, operations, risk management, organization, and new business growthmore

  • Rob Hartman

    Principal

    Leads McKinsey’s Pittsburgh location; brings deep experience in serving leading insurance companies and brokers—including on process digitization, distribution, strategy, and performance transformation more

  • Eugéne Smit

    Principal

    Helps major industrial companies design and deliver large-scale, multi-year transformation programs to strengthen operational performance and profitabilitymore

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    Christopher Musso

    Principal

    Helps clients across a variety of sectors grow through innovation and product development, with a particular focus on shaping the future of the chemicals and aerospace & defense sectorsmore

Careers

Join McKinsey in one of our six locations across the Midwest, and you’ll work with talented, committed people who wake up every day eager to change the world. There are many different paths to success at McKinsey; some of our consultants focus on driving change in their home cities, while others explore opportunities across the United States and the world. Whatever your passion, you will find a way to pursue it here—as part of a team that accelerates your professional and personal growth, broadens your horizons, and helps you make a lasting difference.more

Latest thinking

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report | McKinsey Global Institute

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things

June 2015—If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.more

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Raising your Digital Quotient

June 2015—Following the leader is a dangerous game. It’s better to focus on building an organization and culture that can realize the strategy that’s right for you.more

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book excerpt | McKinsey Global Institute

How do you govern a disrupted world?

May 2015—Seismic economic shifts are placing new demands on governments globally. In this excerpt from the new book No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends, its authors explain how policy makers can respond.more

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Our locations

McKinsey has six offices across the Midwest region.
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