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Eileen Kelly Rinaudo

Senior Knowledge Expert New York

Serves clients across industry sectors, helping them assess, plan, and execute strategic transactions

Eileen is a senior expert in transactions in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice. She has more than 15 years of experience at McKinsey, counseling companies across diverse industries on transactions and business development, including M&A, due diligence, merger management, joint venture and alliance strategy, design, and implementation. She leads McKinsey’s work in joint ventures and alliances for the Americas.

Examples of Eileen’s recent client work include the following:

  • conducting a structured review of the M&A, joint ventures and alliances processes, and organizational design for a medical device company, including the development of an M&A and integration playbook and designing a partnership health check
  • developing the governance processes and resource coordination for a non-profit partnership of multiple parties across borders
  • evaluating potential joint venture opportunities for a North American healthcare provider, including strategic rationale and conducting diligence on partners
  • driving a clean team evaluation of an agricultural transaction, including optimal deal structure (merger versus joint venture), synergy assessment, and governance options
  • assessing a market-entry joint venture for a major pharmaceutical company, including evaluating potential partners, deal structuring, operating-model design, financial modeling, and launch planning
  • developing inorganic growth strategy for a consumer-products company, including creating of a deal evaluation process and evaluating priority targets

Prior to joining McKinsey, Eileen worked for a leading global investment banking firm in the merchant banking division.

Published work

Bias Busters: Motivations under the microscope,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Bias Busters: The perils of executive typecasting,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Bias busters: When good intentions get derailed,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Bias Busters: When the crowd isn’t necessarily wise,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Bias busters: A better way to brainstorm,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

Ensuring the health of your business partnerships,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Checking the health of your business partnerships,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Partners in profit: building successful business alliances,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Improving the management of complex business partnerships,” McKinsey & Company, March 2019

Building the right organization for mergers and acquisitions,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

Negotiating a better joint venture,” McKinsey & Company, April 2016

Joint ventures on the rise,” McKinsey & Company, November 2014

Avoiding blind spots in your next joint venture,” McKinsey & Company, January 2014

Past Experience

Goldman Sachs
Merchant Banking Division


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, mathematics