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Katy George

Senior PartnerNew Jersey

Leads client transformation and research around technology-enabled operations and manufacturing

Katy is a senior partner, and until recently was also chief people officer and a leader in the firm’s Operations Practice. Katy was previously responsible for McKinsey’s global people functions, which includes professional development and learning, recruiting, human resources, performance evaluation, people analytics, and other core capabilities. She has also previously served on McKinsey’s Shareholders’ Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and the firm’s global leadership team.

Since joining the firm, Katy has partnered with clients on their transformations, including operational performance improvement, operations strategy linked to business strategy, and operating model design.

She has led programs around product launch, manufacturing network configuration and plant performance, end-to-end sourcing and supply chain optimization, and quality system effectiveness. Katy has also worked with companies on digitizing their sales and marketing approaches, as well as their operations, making technology platform decisions, and transforming organization structures.

In recent years, Katy has focused on advanced technology development and adoption, and the workforce development required to capture the value from these new technologies. She coleads McKinsey’s partnership with MxD, a 250-member consortium of leading government academic and corporate organizations. Her industry experience includes work in the pharmaceutical, medical-device, consumer-goods, and aerospace industries. All her work includes a focus on capability building to support sustained performance improvement.

As part of the McKinsey Global Institute, Katy has coauthored several pieces of research, including most recently, “Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector,” and has also contributed pieces for Harvard Business Review, Industry Today, and Market Watch. She is a frequent speaker at events and conferences on topics in advanced manufacturing technology, including workforce adoption and capability building, digital manufacturing management, the role of advanced analytics in manufacturing, and regional manufacturing competitiveness.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Katy worked as an associate analyst at an economic consulting firm. Her doctoral work focused on production system design and supply chain improvements in assembly industries. Katy works actively with Episcopal Relief & Development, an international relief and development agency.

Published work

A digital path to sustainability,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

This is a now or never moment to make US manufacturing more competitive,” Market Watch, May 2021

Why now is the time to revitalize US manufacturing,” Industry Today, May 2021

Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2021

Risk, resilience, and rebalancing in global value chains,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2020

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

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

Making it in America,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2017

"25% of CEOs' time is spent on tasks machines could do," Harvard Business Review, February 2017

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2017

Are you ready for 3-D printing?,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2015

Next-shoring: A CEO’s guide,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2014

Building new strengths in the healthcare supply chain”(PDF–865 KB), McKinsey & Company, January 2013

Strength in unity: The promise of global standards in healthcare” (PDF–3.21 MB), McKinsey & Company, October 2012

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey & Company, November 2012

Expect the unexpected: Reduce corporate exposure and create value through supply chain risk management” (PDF–10.8 MB), Operations for the Executive Suite, McKinsey & Company, December 2011

Why quality should be on the medical device CEO agenda: The business case” (PDF–10.8 MB), Operations for the Executive Suite, McKinsey & Company, October 2011

Past Experience

National Economic Research Associates
Associate analyst


Harvard University
PhD, business economics

Oberlin College
BS, economics and government