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Bob Sternfels

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

About Bob

Bob leads McKinsey’s client capabilities, including in the firm’s industry practices, functional areas, and innovation priorities, globally. He focuses on connecting clients with the best, most relevant expertise in the firm and on accelerating innovations across McKinsey. Previously, Bob led the Operations Practice in the Americas and the global Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice. He has been with McKinsey for more than 20 years and has worked with colleagues in nearly every office around the world, including in Johannesburg for six years.

Given his deep operations background, Bob has particular expertise in the area of radical performance transformation. 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 QuestBridge and USA Water Polo, and he is a trustee of the Rhodes Trust. He is also an enthusiastic private pilot.

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

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


University of Oxford
MA, politics, philosophy, economics (Rhodes Scholar)

Stanford University
BA, economics, history