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Rodney W. Zemmel

Senior Partner, New York
Managing partner of McKinsey's US Northeast offices. Works globally across industries with a concentration in healthcare to help shape strategy, improve performance, respond to market disruptions, and drive value creation from M&A

About Rodney

Rodney is the managing partner of McKinsey’s Northeast office in the United States, including the New York, Boston, and Stamford locations. He serves clients on growth strategy, performance improvement, and value creation through M&A. He serves clients globally across a range of industries, with a concentration in healthcare, where he was previously the practice leader. In healthcare, Rodney works with clients in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and healthcare services, such as insurance, retail pharmacy, hospital systems, and laboratories. Beyond healthcare, Rodney leads McKinsey’s support for a number of private-equity clients and also other companies in consumer-facing industries.

Rodney is a recognized thought leader in the healthcare and general business community. He has authored articles in leading business publications, including Harvard Business Review and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. Rodney is coauthor of the book Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy (Wharton Digital Press, 2018). He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and represents McKinsey at forums such as the National Association of Corporate Directors and CEO Academy.

Rodney serves on the shareholders council (governing board) of McKinsey & Company, and also as a board member of BritishAmerican Business. He is passionate about the people mission of McKinsey, previously chairing the global recruiting board and currently serving as the sponsor for the black community within the firm.

Published work

Leading for the long term,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018

Changing the nature of board engagement,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015

“Invention reinvented,” McKinsey perspectives on pharmaceutical R&D, 2010


University of Cambridge, Trinity College
PhD, molecular biology
BA, natural sciences