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Daniel Pacthod

Senior Partner, New York
As global leader of McKinsey Accelerate, Daniel supports leading organizations in sustaining transformational impact through capability building, execution excellence and leadership development. He advises companies in the aerospace, defense, industrial, and technology sectors, especially in using digital and analytics to achieve sustainable growth and operational excellence

About Daniel

Daniel globally co-leads McKinsey Accelerate, a group of more than a thousand practitioners, which helps leading organizations fast-track and sustain transformational impact through capability building, execution excellence, and leadership development. Previously, Daniel served on McKinsey’s Shareholders Council (our global governance board), and chaired the Technology and Capabilities Committee, overseeing the strategy to tech-enable and innovate the firm and further strengthen its long term knowledge and capabilities. Daniel also founded and led McKinsey New Ventures, a standalone unit created to incubate new analytic and digital assets, develop innovative client offerings, and build alliances and partnerships. He also built and led the firm’s Aerospace & Defense Practice and Advanced Industries Practice in the Americas.

Daniel primarily serves clients across the industrial, aerospace, defense, technology, and software sectors. He has extensive experience in reinventing incumbents through digital, analytics, and large-scale performance-transformation programs. His focus is on accelerating value creation across a portfolio of businesses, building new operational capabilities, driving international growth, and establishing world-class M&A and postmerger-integration capabilities.

Passionate about helping not-for-profit institutions in New York. Daniel serves on the board of trustees of Rockefeller University and on the Advisory Board of HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery). He also served for nine years as a board member of the School of American Ballet, the preeminent ballet school in the US.

Published work

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

To lead in the postcrisis tomorrow, put leadership and capabilities in place today,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

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

Why legacy companies must reinvent – or die,” Fortune, September 2018

Translating innovation into US growth: An advanced-industries perspective,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2011

Past experience

Schneider Electric
Strategy director, Square D


HEC Paris