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Brian McCarthy

Partner, Atlanta
Brings the best of analytics to guide insight-driven transformations, optimizing decision making at all levels of the enterprise

About Brian

Brian is a thought leader and seasoned consultant, with more than 20 years experience leading insight-driven enterprise transformations. He has worked with executives across the banking, insurance, retail, consumer goods, and telecommunications sectors to deploy sophisticated analytics to inform strategic decisions.

As an advisor to executives, Brian helps define a compelling vision for analytics transformation and then leads the resulting change journey. He leads the knowledge development agenda for McKinsey Analytics, shaping our efforts to develop cutting-edge analytics approaches to support our clients’ decision making in the C-suite and at every level of the organization.

Brian closely tracks innovations at the intersection of advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, design thinking, and behavioral decision making. A frequent speaker at industry events, he has numerous publications and holds two patents.

Before joining McKinsey in 2017, Brian worked at Accenture, where he held several leadership roles and launched Accenture Analytics in 2009.

Published Work

Executive’s guide to developing AI at scale,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

The COVID-19 recovery will be digital: A plan for the first 90 days,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Building the AI-Powered Organization,” Harvard Business Review, July/August 2019

Breaking away: The secrets to scaling analytics,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI,” Harvard Business Review, August 2017

Past experience

Managing director for analytics strategy and innovation;
Managing director for financial services analytics


University College Cork
BSc, mathematics and statistics; MSc, statistics