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Brett May

Digital Vice President, Silicon Valley
Serves as chief operating officer and general manager of our Internet of Things work within McKinsey’s New Ventures group

About Brett

Brett brings 30 years of experience in global technology and software across multiple business functions to his role as COO and general manager of our Internet of Things work within McKinsey’s New Ventures group.

While at McKinsey, Brett has also served as a counselor and senior advisor to C-level client executives and board members on IoT strategy and transformation, venture-capital investing, strategic alliances, and M&A best practices.

Before joining McKinsey, Brett was an executive at GE, where he was the head of venture capital and M&A for GE Digital. Prior to that, he led business development for Cisco’s emerging technologies group and also led M&A and venture investing for its $9 billion services division. Brett was also the COO of a venture-backed software start-up in Silicon Valley. He began his career as a custom-software-engineering leader in Accenture’s advanced technology group and as a consultant with McKinsey, where he served technology and financial-services clients.

Brett has served on the boards of six venture-backed software start-ups and a cybersecurity venture-capital fund, and he currently serves on the board of the Blue Bear School of Music.

Published work

The telltale signs of successful digital deals,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2020

What separates leaders from laggards in the Internet of Things,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

What it takes to get an edge in the Internet of Things,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2018

Making sense of Internet of Things platforms,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

Past experience

Head of venture capital and corporate business development, GE Digital

Managing director of business development, emerging technologies group
Senior director of corporate business development
Director of advanced services

MoodLogic (acquired by Rovi)
Chief operating officer

Manager, advanced technology group


Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
MBA, economics and strategy

Mississippi State University
BS, electrical engineering