About Kurt

Kurt, a senior partner in McKinsey’s New York office, leads our Insurance practice in the Americas, and convenes our global Insurance Leadership team. He serves life and wealth-management firms, P&C insurance companies, and clients in other industries on strategy, corporate finance, organization, and operational performance. In addition to operational improvement programs, Kurt has led major strategy transformations at a number of financial institutions across strategy diagnostics, strategy formulation, strategy capability building, and strategy implementation. He has co-led McKinsey’s governance task force, an effort to prepare the governance of the firm over the next 10 years, and serves talent-driven companies seeking to combine organizational agility and an inclusive ownership culture as part of modern governance.

Over the past 10 years, Kurt has also helped to lead pro bono a number of change efforts in education, including work with chancellors in the New York City Department of Education, Harvard University, and Teach for America. He is a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall.

Kurt is an amateur classical pianist and lives with his wife and two sons in Scarsdale, NY.

Published work

How functional leaders become CEOs,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2017

What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2017

How new CEOs can boost their odds of success,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

A strategy for a digital age,” McKinsey & Company, March 2017

Education

Oxford University
PhD, political economics

Oxford University
MPhil, politics (Marshall Scholarship)

Harvard University
BA, economics and philosophy (Truman Scholarship)