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John Murnane

Senior Partner, Atlanta
Applies extensive knowledge across all functions and modes of the global transportation sector to improve the performance of leading companies around the world

About John

John leads McKinsey's work in shipping, ports and logistics in the Americas. He has deep experience across all regions and modes of global transport, including ocean shipping, air cargo, ports, trains, trucking, intermodal, warehousing, and logistics. His recent client work includes the following:

  • advising a leading global container shipping line on a transformation of commercial strategy and execution including sales, trade, and pricing elements. John has led on-the-ground teams in 10 different local markets including China, Australia, India, Germany, Italy, UK, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and USA. The impact, validated in pilots, is estimated at more than $250 million in annual earnings
  • advising the private-equity owners of a major Caribbean port on an end-to-end performance transformation. The combined impact from operations, procurement, and sales-stimulation efforts will result in a 30 percent increase in earnings
  • leading the negotiation strategy and follow-up due diligence for a merger of leading European and South American shipping companies. Through negotiation, the client captured an estimated $800 million in added value
  • driving the performance transformation of a Latin America-based shipping liner. The work involved designing and leading the integrated improvement program including procurement, operations, and commercial levers, and it resulted in $120 million in annual impact
  • leading the segment marketing effort at top global integrator and overhauling the go-to-market strategy to shift from a product-centric approach to a customer-focused one. This allowed the company to reignite growth in its core market, moving from trailing market growth by 3 percent to leading growth by 6 percent


Last-mile package delivery in 2030,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Published work

Automation in logistics: Big opportunity, bigger uncertainty,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Distraction or disruption? Autonomous trucks gain ground in US logistics,” McKinsey & Company, December 2018

Container shipping: More mergers, better mergers,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

The US truckload industry seeks a road to the future,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Ports and shipping: The need for solutions that cross lines,” McKinsey & Company, May 2017

Landside operations: The next frontier for container-shipping alliances,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015


Duke University
BS, mechanical engineering

University of Michigan Ross School of Business