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Merrick Olives


Helps clients leverage the cloud as a driver of business transformation

Merrick helps clients leverage the cloud as a driver of business transformation, and works with clients to accelerate innovation and agility to build lasting, competitive advantages.

He is cofounder and managing partner of Candid—now Cloud by McKinsey—the firm’s cloud specialty arm. At the time of acquisition in 2020, Candid was the largest and fastest growing cloud-specialty firm in North America. Merrick led the Candid team in developing the deepest cloud expertise in the industry.

Expert in large-scale, complex cloud transformations, Merrick helps companies with their cloud strategy, including business-case development and aligning tech investments to business outcomes. He also partners with companies to work through executive alignment, program management, application migrations, cloud-native development, and cloud optimization. His cloud work has taken him through a range of industries, including telecommunications and media, transportation, financial services, consumer products, and energy.


Cofounder, managing partner

The North Highland Company
Vice president, Atlanta office leader

Senior manager


Cornell Johnson

The University of New Mexico
BS, mechanical engineering