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Pierre M. Gentin

Senior Partner and Chief Legal OfficerNew York

Pierre is McKinsey’s chief legal officer. He leads the legal and public affairs functions and advises the firm’s management team and board. Pierre is the first non-consultant elected a senior partner in McKinsey’s history. In 2022, the Financial Times named him one of the top 20 general counsel worldwide.

Pierre joined McKinsey in 2019 with nearly 30 years’ experience in business, law, government, and academia. He was a partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and spent nearly two decades in financial services at Credit Suisse, where his roles included managing director and global head of litigation, investigations and employment law, general counsel for the global research division, and head of reputational risk for the Americas. Pierre also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as assistant united states attorney for the southern district of new york. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, the Brunswick Review, Law360, LawDragon, the Legal 500, and others. He regularly advises general counsel and other executives on the design and management of corporate functions.

Pierre was a named a “young global leader” of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and he has served on the WEF’s global agenda councils on faith, values in decision making, and the role of business. He is a trustee of the Practicing Law Institute, Touro Synagogue Foundation, and Princeton University’s Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance. He served on the board of Columbia Law School’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, chaired the board of Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, and is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Human Relations Award.

Pierre taught law as adjunct professor at Fordham University, business ethics as lecturer at the Wharton School of Business, and he co-edited a book on alternative dispute resolution in the financial services sector. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he taught a virtual course exploring the relationship between American poetry, religious thought, and blues music. In the Spring of 2023, he will serve as “leader in residence” in the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia Law School.

Pierre graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received a law degree from Columbia University.

Past Experience

Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Credit Suisse
Managing Director

US Department of Justice
Assistant US Attorney, southern district of new york


Columbia University

Princeton University