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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 globally, which includes our industry practices, our functional areas, and our innovation priorities. He focuses on connecting McKinsey clients worldwide with the best, most relevant expertise in the firm. He also focuses on shaping the firm’s future capabilities to better meet the needs of our clients.

Bob is a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council (our board of directors) and our executive team. Previously, he led our new innovations, growing these capabilities to approximately half of the firm’s revenues today. Before that, Bob led the Operations Practice in the Americas and the Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice globally. He has been with McKinsey for 25 years and has worked with colleagues in nearly every office around the world, including a 6-year stint living in Johannesburg.

Bob serves on the board of QuestBridge, on the advisory board of USA Water Polo, and as a trustee of the Rhodes Trust. He is also an enthusiastic private pilot.


Published work

The economic state of Black America: What is and what could be, McKinsey Global Institute, June 2021

Speed and resilience: Five priorities for the next five months,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Reenergizing an exhausted organization: A conversation with Admiral John Richardson,” McKinsey Quarterly, December 2020

The emerging resilients: Achieving ‘escape velocity’,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Unleashing sustainable speed in a post-COVID world: Reimagine structure,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, September 2020

As you return from the summer break, can you lead toward a COVID-Exit?,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Unleashing sustainable speed in a post-COVID world: Rethink ways of working,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Ready, set, go: Reinventing the organization for speed in the post-COVID-19 era,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Return: A new muscle, not just a plan,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

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