About Karl

Karl Kellner, a senior partner who leads McKinsey’s New York office, has more than 20 years of experience consulting with health plans, PBMs, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and provider organizations on strategy development and performance improvement. Karl has published articles and thought pieces on corporate strategy development for healthcare companies, consumer-directed healthcare, pharmaceutical and ancillary cost management, new models of payor–provider-supplier partnership, and payment reform. His clients include CEOs, directors, and C-level executives at major health care organizations. His client experience covers a broad range, from growth strategy and performance improvement to capability building and cost management. His recent engagements include corporate and growth strategies, post health reform scenario planning, pricing and value based reimbursement strategies, medical and administrative cost reduction, product and channel innovation, and organization improvement. He also led an eight year partnership with the Clinton Foundation to create economic opportunity and assist small businesses in Harlem and beyond.

Karl holds an MBA from the Wharton School, where he received a Kaiser Family Foundation Scholarship, and a BA degree, magna cum laude, from Oberlin College, where he was awarded the Carrie C. Life Prize for outstanding achievement. He serves on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts.


The Wharton School
MBA, health care management

Oberlin College
BA, history (magna cum laude)