Back to

Michael Balz

Partner, New Jersey
Advises companies in the animal health, pharmaceutical, veterinary, and vision care sectors on strategy, organization, marketing, sales, and transformation

About Michael

Mike advises leading companies across several life-sciences sectors, including animal health, pharmaceuticals, veterinary, and vision care. He has a history of extensive international work, including supporting executives in Europe, Brazil, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and the United States.

Since joining McKinsey, Mike has worked on a diverse range of challenges, with a focus on the dynamics of the pharmaceutical and animal health industries. Much of his work involves developing growth strategies, shaping global organizations, strengthening commercial excellence, and supporting organization-wide transformation. Additionally, he leads McKinsey’s animal health work.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • leading a strategic redesign initiative to help an animal health company expand across different areas of its value chain
  • creating a comprehensive go-to-market strategy for a major specialty pharmaceutical company
  • leading productivity programs for several specialty pharmaceutical companies across commercial, manufacturing, general and administrative, and research and development
  • developing a global channel strategy for a specialty pet food company, with work that included evaluating the veterinary landscapes in Brazil, Russia, and the United States
  • developing a global growth strategy for a vision care company

Before joining McKinsey, Mike worked in the government and nonprofit sectors, serving at the United Nations, the US State Department, and several nongovernmental and research organizations. A former freelance journalist in Syria and Lebanon, he has lived and worked in across Europe and the Middle East. Mike serves on the International Rescue Committee’s GenR New York Leadership committee. He is also a native speaker of English and fluent in Arabic, French, and Spanish.


Princeton University
MPA, international relations

Georgetown University
BSc, foreign service