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Doug McElhaney

Leads transformational programs in AI and analytics for insurance companies

Doug is the global leader of McKinsey’s dedicated group of AI practitioners serving P&C and life insurance companies. In this role, Doug leads a global team of data scientists, AI experts, and data engineers that help leading insurance companies build next-generation analytics solutions and centers of excellence. He has recently focused on helping insurers expand their use of external data in their AI models and solutions. He has also helped both life and P&C insurers develop innovative new pricing and underwriting capabilities using third-party data and machine learning.

In addition to his client work, Doug often authors articles on AI, analytics, and data topics, and presents at insurance industry forums, including the Geneva Association, NAMIC, and LIMRA.

Before joining McKinsey, Doug spent ten years at General Electric as both a Six Sigma expert and in various technology leadership roles.


The McKinsey Episode, The Alternative Data Podcast, March 2021

Published work

Navigating unknowns: Auto insurance questions in a new mobility era,” McKinsey & Company, April 2024

Insurance investors: Priorities and opportunities,” McKinsey & Company, October 2023

Connected revolution: The future of US auto insurance,” McKinsey & Company, October 2023

Reducing climate-related property risk with AI,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Connected revolution: The future of US auto insurance,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

How top tech trends will transform insurance,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

Insurance 2030—The impact of AI on the future of insurance,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Harnessing the power of external data,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

The post-COVID-19 pricing imperative for P&C insurers,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Burning questions from InsureTech Connect 2018: 48 hours at the world’s largest insurtech gathering,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

Harnessing the potential of data in insurance,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

Past experience

General Electric
Finance/supply chain IT operations leader


Babson College

University of Virginia
BA, history