About Conor

Based in London, Conor Kehoe co-founded McKinsey’s Investor and Private Equity Practice. He leads the firm’s global development in this sector and in board services, and he co-leads developments in corporate strategy.

He is a founding and ongoing member of the executive committee and partner/senior partner election committee for our solutions group, an internal venture-capital entity that develops business-intelligence solutions, typically based on software, analytics, and proprietary data. Conor also leads the McKinsey New Ventures advisory council.

He is a member of McKinsey’s global risk committee and, originally a software engineer, has also led the Tech and Telecom Practice in Europe.

Conor has taught strategy for non-executives at the Temasek-backed Singapore Stewardship and Corporate Governance Centre and contributed to a recent revision of the UK Board Code. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

He serves technology, private-equity, and institutional-investor clients.

Previously, Conor was a member of the executive committee of Granada Group, an FT100 UK media and leisure company. He was also chairman of one of its four divisions which grew from $20m to $250m in revenue under his leadership.

With others, he founded a charity—based in Kampala, Uganda—that provides IT to schools in the least-developed countries.

Conor holds a first-class honors degree in electronic engineering from Trinity College Dublin, where he was a Foundation Scholar. He also holds an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD.

Published work

"What strategists need: A meeting of the minds," McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

"High-performing boards: What's on their agenda?," McKinsey Quarterly, April 2014

"Uncovering hidden investment opportunities in Africa," McKinsey Quarterly, February 2014

"How quickly should a new CEO shift corporate resources?," McKinsey Quarterly, October 2013

"Breaking down the barriers to corporate resource allocation," McKinsey Quarterly, October 2013

"Tapping the strategic potential of boards," McKinsey Quarterly, February 2013

"Why Asia's banks underperform at M&A," McKinsey Quarterly, May 2010

"Board directors and experience: A lesson from private equity" (PDF-380 KB), McKinsey on Finance, Spring 2010

"The future of private equity," McKinsey & Company, April 2009

"The voice of experience: Public versus private equity," McKinsey & Company, December 2008

"Service sector productivity: The tiger's next challenge?," Perspectives on Irish Productivity, 2007

Private Equity Performance, Wiley, 2005

"Why some private equity firms do better than others," McKinsey Quarterly, February 2005

Past experience

Granada Group
Chairman, services to business division
1987–1991

Measurex
Control-development engineer
1981–82

Accuspec
Design engineer
1979-80

Education

INSEAD
MBA

Trinity College Dublin
BAI, electronics