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Bryan Hancock

Partner, Washington DC
Supports private, public, and social sector clients through expertise in talent management, organizational design, and workforce development

About Bryan

Bryan is the global leader of McKinsey’s talent work. He has served a wide range of talent-intensive businesses, leading employers in sectors such as retail, transportation, logistics, healthcare, banking, asset management, and oil and gas.

Throughout his career, Bryan has served a wide range of private, public, and social sector clients—including those focused on education and workforce development—and has served multiple higher-education institutions on their organization and strategy. In addition, he has codeveloped workforce-development programs that link educational programs to employer needs. Bryan has also served multiple foundations on their education and economic-development initiatives. He represents McKinsey on the Rework America Business Network.

In addition to his client service, Bryan holds several people leadership roles within McKinsey. He works closely with the firm’s people analytics function, and he sits on the board of McKinsey’s People Insights solution.

Published work

Three steps to creating more value through talent,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, August 2020

HR says talent is crucial for performance—and the pandemic proves it,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Rebooting retail: How technology will shape the future of retail,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Next-level sales talent: HR’s message to the CEO,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

The new science of talent: From roles to returns,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Getting practical about the future of work,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2020

Employee motivation in the age of automation and agility,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Building the tech talent pipeline,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Automation in retail: An executive overview for getting ready,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Why we all need performance ratings on a regular basis,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Straight talk about employee evaluation and performance management,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2018

Boosting the skills of incumbent workers: An interview with Walmart’s Kathleen McLaughlin,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

The fairness factor in performance management,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2018

Adapting education to the demands of a rapidly changing economy: An interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

Getting beyond bureaucracy in human resources,”McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015

Redesigning Knowledge Work,” Harvard Business Review, January-February 2013

The State of Human Capital 2012—Why the human capital function still has far to go,” People & Strategy Journal, 2012

The economic cost of the US education gap,” Teachers College Record, June 2009

Past experience

Delta Air Lines
Business development


Harvard Law School

University of Virginia
BA, international relations, government