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Jeff Rudnicki

Partner, Boston
Leads the M&A practice and heads global M&A strategy work, using experience in directing multiple client engagements around the world, including more than 100 transactions across most industries

About Jeff

Jeff has helped clients with M&A work for more than 15 years. His engagements span the entire M&A process, from strategy and deal scan to due diligence and integration. Jeff also leads SynergyLab, McKinsey’s synergy center of excellence, which helps clients apply best practices and data-driven insights to estimate synergies and capture value. He has a passion for working in the healthcare, technology, and consumer sectors and for helping clients deepen their M&A capabilities to achieve lasting impact.

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

  • building an M&A organization from scratch with a company that had grown inorganically for its first 100 years, allowing the company to pursue a multibillion-dollar transaction successfully
  • working closely with the CEO and board of a multibillion-dollar medical-device company to shape an M&A strategy and conduct due diligence for an industry-shaping acquisition
  • helping direct the integration of a global rare-disease transaction that included several strategic divestments and transformed the performance and strategic focus of the company, with work that included leading the project-management office and the value-capture, organizational-design, and talent teams
  • assisting in driving the integration of two luxury brands, which more than quadrupled initial synergy estimates
  • designing a new investor-relations model that changed the way organizations prioritized investors and deployed executives and that streamlined the quarterly earnings process
  • advising the CEO and board of a prominent academic medical center on its strategy for consolidating several systems to build scale and strengthen their capabilities as it became a national leader in value-based care
  • helping build a new strategy that ultimately led to a successful IPO for a leading sports-equipment company

Prior to joining McKinsey, Jeff spent eight years as an antitrust economist, specializing in the regulatory implications of M&A.

Jeff also serves on the board of the March of Dimes for Boston/Manchester.

Published Work

Practice makes perfect: What sets programmatic acquirers apart,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

How lots of small M&A deals add up to big value,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2019

Get more procurement value from M&A—even before closing,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

The artful synergist, or how to get more value from mergers and acquisitions,” McKinsey & Company, February 2017


UVA Darden School of Business

Johns Hopkins University
MA, economics

Pennsylvania State University
BS, economics