We’re pleased to announce that Jacky Wright will join McKinsey as the firm’s first-ever chief technology and platform officer (CTPO). Jacky, who will report to our global managing partner, joins the firm as a senior partner later this year. She will lead McKinsey’s overall technology portfolio and strategy.
“We are delighted to welcome Jacky to our firm. Working with our amazing team, Jacky will strengthen how we use technology both to help clients scale new ideas and tackle challenges, and to transform the way our more than 40,000 people work together across our global firm,” says global managing partner Bob Sternfels. “She joins a team of leaders who have been focused on accelerating sustainable and inclusive growth in our client work, and setting the standard for our profession in how we manage ourselves as a firm.”
Jacky brings to McKinsey more than 20 years of experience helping some of the world’s leading institutions leverage technology to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform. Most recently, she served as chief digital officer and corporate vice president for Microsoft US. Before that, she held senior technology leadership roles spanning multiple industries, including chief information officer roles at BP and General Electric. She also held a leadership role within the UK government as HM Revenue and Customs’ chief digital and information officer.
Nearly half of McKinsey consultants are digital practitioners. We have acquired more than 20 companies and established an ecosystem of alliances with technology companies. More broadly, we have woven technology into virtually every aspect of our work, including how we develop and share insights as well as the tools we use to support our clients. With these capabilities, we help our clients create enduring change in their capabilities and performance.
Jacky will accelerate this work by helping our firm further leverage technology in our client work and innovate new platforms to help client organizations transform and grow. She will also lead McKinsey’s internal technology team, which serves our more than 40,000 colleagues across 66 countries.
I look forward to partnering with my new colleagues to help the firm accelerate our internal rate of innovation, and support McKinsey’s clients in building and sustaining the capabilities to succeed in today’s economy.
“McKinsey has earned its reputation as a strategic advisor and impact partner to clients,” says Jacky. “I look forward to partnering with my new colleagues to help the firm accelerate our internal rate of innovation, and support McKinsey’s clients in building and sustaining the capabilities to succeed in today’s economy.”
Jacky holds honorary doctorates from Aston University and the University of Bath, and was recently named as the UK’s most powerful Black Briton in the Powerlist 2022. She is a Women In Science and Engineering Ambassador, a member of the World Economic Forum Chief Digital Officer Community, and sits on the advisory board for the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics at Baruch College, City University of New York, where she received her B.B.A.
In addition to scaling up our use of technology to support clients and accelerate innovation, McKinsey has invested $600 million in the last several years to improve its governance, risk, and compliance teams—including by implementing an enhanced worldwide client selection policy.
Jacky follows other recent senior additions to the team at McKinsey, including Aaron Gagnon, who joined this year after serving as Apple’s chief audit executive; Daniel Trujillo, who joined in 2021 from Wal-Mart as McKinsey’s chief ethics and compliance officer; Danielle Burr, who joined in 2021 from Uber to lead public affairs; and Pierre Gentin, our general counsel who joined in 2019, having previously been a law firm partner, spent nearly two decades in senior legal roles at Credit Suisse, and served in the US Department of Justice as an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York.