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Shail Thaker

Senior Partner, London
Leads McKinsey’s Northern European hub of the Life Sciences Practice and the firm’s global healthcare organisation and enterprise agility work

About Shail

Shail leads the Northern European hub of McKinsey’s Life Sciences Practice. He also coleads the European Organization Practice and the firm’s cross-sector work on enterprise agility.

Since joining McKinsey, Shail has worked with organisations around the globe on driving innovation, productivity, and growth; supporting major postmerger integrations, carve outs, and asset transfers; leading important performance transformations and restructurings; launching numerous medical devices and pharmaceutical products; and bringing about commercial and product-development excellence.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Shail gained experience in research science, business development, and project finance.

Published work

The impact of agility: How to shape your organization to compete,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

The journey to agile: How companies can become faster, more productive, and more responsive,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

The journey to an agile organization,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Activate agility: the five avenues to success,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Rethinking pharma productivity,” McKinsey & Company, January 2017

Change lessons from pharma and med tech,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

Confronting change fatigue in the pharmaceutical industry,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Past Experience

PSEG Global
Manager, business development and financing


Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Oxford University
MSc. molecular and cellular biochemistry