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Michael Bender

Senior Partner, Chicago
Helps leading companies across industries shape digital strategy, harness big data for business value, and deliver technology-driven solutions

About Michael

Michael supports Fortune 1000 companies on critical technology-driven issues including digital strategy, technology investment prioritization, using data for competitive advantage, and technology enabled process redesign. He also works closely with several technology and data providers in shaping strategies and offerings to support Fortune 1000 technology buyers.

Recent examples of Michael's work include:

  • developing the overall strategy and turnaround program for a top 10 global IT services provider, including identifying its overall “strategic posture” and the resulting business focus, markets, and vertical customer groups to target
  • helping a major financial services data provider to extend and reshape its data offerings toward a more solutions-oriented model
  • refining a multi-year ERP rollout for a Fortune 50 conglomerate to better match process, data, and technology needs to business value
  • working with a leading retailer to understand the major opportunities in Big Data and assess how to upgrade and enhance its underlying systems and technologies for data capture and delivery
  • helping a leading transport company understand how rapidly it could migrate its applications and infrastructure model toward cloud based solutions like SaS or IaaS and what the long term delivery and cost benefits might be

Michael speaks frequently at major technology forums. Recent topics he has addressed include technology management in the digital age, and IT management in large global businesses.

Michael serves on the Board of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Michael worked with Oliver, Wyman & Company, a New York based consulting firm focused on financial institutions. He studied as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where he played for the Oxford Blues Basketball Team.

Published work

The cornerstones of large-scale technology transformation,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2018


Oxford University
MPhil, economics

Harvard College
BA, economics