About Gary

Gary is the managing partner for McKinsey in North America. Previously, he was the managing partner of McKinsey’s office for the Western United States and the global leader of McKinsey’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, which he helped cofound more than a decade ago. His client work includes service to leading companies in private equity, healthcare, oil and gas, and commercial vehicles. He is also on the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI's research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

Gary joined McKinsey in Los Angeles in 1987 as a business analyst and came to the firm’s San Francisco office in 1992. Over the course of his career, he has worked for Dole Food Company in Honduras, Bear Stearns’ mergers and acquisitions group in New York, and in McKinsey's Houston, Mexico City, Sydney, and Zurich offices.

He also serves on the boards of the California Academy of Sciences, the Menlo School, and the California Business Roundtable. He is a prior member of the boards of the San Francisco Opera, ReSurge International (formerly Interplast), and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, as well as a prior member of the investment committee for the Woodside School Foundation.

He earned a BA in English and quantitative economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Mary, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2014 and have four children and two dogs. 

Published work

The first step to fixing US manufacturing,” Harvard Business Review, November 2017

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2017

Here's how to get the U.S. economy to grow 3.5% or more,” Fortune, December 2016

Digital America: A tale of the haves and have-mores,” McKinsey & Company, December 2015

A conversation with Jim Coulter,” McKinsey & Company, February 2015

Private equity: Changing perceptions and new realities,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014


Harvard Business School

Stanford University
BA (English and quantitative economics)

Activities & interests

The California Acedemy of Sciences
Board member

Menlo School
Board member

California Business Roundtable
Board member