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Bob Sternfels

Senior Partner, San Francisco
Helping clients transform through technology, innovation, and agility

About Bob

Bob Sternfels is a senior partner at McKinsey and is based in the San Francisco office. He leads McKinsey’s client capabilities globally, which includes our industry practices, our functional areas, and our innovation priorities. Bob focuses on connecting McKinsey clients with the best, most relevant expertise in the firm and on accelerating innovations across our firm.

Bob is a member of the firm’s Shareholders Council and our global partnership service team. Previously, Bob led the Operations Practice in the Americas and the global Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice. He has been with McKinsey for 23 years and has worked with colleagues in nearly every office around the world, including living in Johannesburg for 6 years.

Given his deep operations background, Bob has particular expertise in the area of radical performance transformations. As he also oversees McKinsey’s digital and analytics offerings, he is increasingly focused on how clients can leverage technology to reinvent their organizations.

Bob serves on the boards of Quest Scholars, USA Water Polo, and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He is also an enthusiastic private pilot. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife Ashley, daughter Samantha, and sons Thomas and Andrew. Bob graduated with honors from Stanford University, where he earned a BA in economics and history. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned an MA in politics, philosophy, and economics.

Published work

A roadmap for a digital transformation,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

Trend spotting: Qualcomm executives consider the next wave of growth in semiconductors,” McKinsey & Company, September 2014

The onshoring option,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2005

Beyond cheap labor: lessons for developing economies,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2005

When offshore manufacturing doesn’t make sense,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2004

Past experience

Hambrecht & Quist
Business analyst


Oxford University
MA, politics, philosophy, and economics; Rhodes Scholar

Stanford University
BA, economics and history