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Jon McClain


Drives growth and innovation with companies along the consumer-goods value chain

As a leader in McKinsey’s consumer and innovation sectors, Jon helps clients drive profitable, above-market growth with a focus on portfolio strategy, innovation, and new business building.

Recent examples of client work include the following:

  • building a new innovation organization and operating model with a beverage company to deliver on an aspiration of two times the growth from innovation
  • resetting the product and innovation portfolio strategy for a global food company, including launching a new brand into a high-growth category and expanding existing brand assets to adjacent high-growth categories
  • collaborating with a food-technology start-up to build a new strategy to accelerate the path to profitability by three years
  • designing a new approach to driving breakthrough innovation for a consumer-goods company

Jon is also a leader in Equal at McKinsey, McKinsey’s worldwide LGBTQ+ community.


Companies with innovative cultures have a big edge with generative AI,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

Committed innovators: How masters of essentials outperform,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Winning with commercial excellence: Ten lessons for consumer goods,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Reimagining consumer-goods innovation for the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Will innovation finally add up for consumer-goods companies?,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020


Harvard Business School

Yale University
BA, anthropology