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Eric Kutcher

Senior Partner, Silicon Valley
Brings engineering and enterprise technology expertise to help tech and industrial companies achieve their full potential

About Eric

Eric serves as McKinsey’s chief financial officer and is a member of the firm’s Shareholders Council (our global governance board) and the operating team in service of the firm and its partners. Since joining McKinsey, Eric has served technology, media, telecommunications, and industrial companies across the value chain, including large telecommunications operators, prominent software companies, leading technology conglomerates, and semiconductor companies. As the former global leader of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice, Eric has led transformations across the globe and helped build its capabilities and perspectives across this sector. He was instrumental in the firm’s initiative to serve early-stage, business-to-business technology companies.

Deeply committed to McKinsey’s gender research, Eric helped establish the firm’s partnership with Lean In—a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women—to develop a holistic diagnostic and longitudinal benchmark to understand how McKinsey can help companies create an environment for women to succeed in the workforce.

Eric is also a member of the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, where he has played an important role advancing our work in corporate growth. As a thought leader at McKinsey, Eric is a sought-after speaker and author.

Examples of Eric’s recent work include the following:

  • leading a complete turnaround of one of the world's largest storage companies—including strategy, M&A, integration, and transformation—doubling the size of the company
  • guiding the platform transformation of a leading business-to-business software and media company, including rebasing costs, developing platform strategy, executing the transition plan, and redesigning the organization
  • steering the restructuring of a midsize software company, including the transformation office, pricing execution, backend process redesign, sourcing, and strategy
  • leading the sales transformation of one of the world's largest tech companies, building capabilities to develop and sell solutions for analytics and digital
  • leading an analytics-driven growth program for one of the world’s largest telecom operators
  • leading a holistic performance transformation of a leading telecom equipment provider

Outside of McKinsey, Eric serves on the boards of Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Hopkins School, and he is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. Eric is an avid and competitive golfer, skier, and Yankees fan.

Eric earned a MSc degree in financial engineering and operations research and a BSc degree in material science and engineering at Cornell University.

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Slow path to gender equality in the workplace,” CNBC, October 2015

A future without industries” Techonomy, November 2014

Select published work

Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2020

Resilience in TMT: Winning in downturns,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Telecom operators: Surviving and thriving through the next downturn,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Is there a different way to organize for talent? A board's role to push management's thinking,” LinkedIn, July 2018

Why boards must be talent-first,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018

Corporate boards need a facelift,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018 

New corporate titans are rising faster than ever, but they’re also fading faster, too,” Recode, July 2017

What’s stalling progress for women at work?,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

Breaking down the gender challenge,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2016

Grow fast or die slow: The double-edged sword of M&A,” McKinsey & Company, October 2015

Women in the workplace,” McKinsey & Company, September 2015

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

How should you tap into Silicon Valley?,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2015

Grow fast or die slow: Pivoting beyond the core,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015

Grow fast or die slow,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

Breaking through the start-up stall zone,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2014

Past experience

Intel Corp.
Process Engineer 

Education

Cornell University 
Financial engineering and operations research
MS

Cornell University
Material science and engineering
BS