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Celia Pohani Huber

Senior Partner, Silicon Valley
Develops strategies for government and private payors, benefits consultants, pharmacy-benefits managers, and charitable foundations

About Celia

Celia advises organizations on strategies to help them thrive within the context of global industry and regulatory change. For more than 25 years, her client service has spanned healthcare organizations, as well as insurance, benefits, and other financial institutions—including for-profit, not-for-profit, and public-sector organizations.

Celia leads major strategy-development initiatives, including creating growth strategies in the consumer and B2B markets, designing international market-entry strategies, improving the financial performance of struggling business units, redefining product-distribution channels, and understanding deeper consumer insights to help new products penetrate their markets.

Her recent work has focused on counseling senior executives on due diligence for new capabilities and technologies, merger management, and the creation of innovative partnerships. She also leads McKinsey’s West Coast Healthcare CEO Roundtable, which convenes 25 CEOs quarterly to discuss industry issues.

In conjunction with her client work, Celia is passionate about realizing gender parity in the workforce. She conducts research, is a frequent speaker, and has created development-training programs on the topic. Celia is also an active board member of CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) and serves on its governance subcommittee.

Published work

Building gender diversity on boards,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

How to accelerate gender diversity on boards,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2017


Stanford University

University of Texas-Austin
BBA, finance