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Tony Gambell

Partner, Chicago
Brings deep expertise in manufacturing performance—including strategy, operations, and lean transformation—and leads our manufacturing work across all industries in North America

About Tony

Tony leads the North America Manufacturing Practice—a group of more than 100 consultants focused on improving manufacturing performance. In this capacity, he leads our manufacturing work in the region, providing executives with strategic guidance on a wide range of manufacturing issues.

Working across sectors, Tony’s clients are typically leaders in their industries driving best practices in operations. He has particular expertise advising in highly regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, advanced industries, and consumer packaged goods. Since joining McKinsey in 2004, Tony has led diagnostics and manufacturing-improvement programs at more than 130 plants globally. Part of his work includes transferring skills and capabilities so that companies can scale and sustain impact.

Tony's operations work is extensive. He advises large and small multinational companies on manufacturing and supply-chain strategy. This includes areas such as global network optimization, operations performance improvement, make versus buy, and digital manufacturing, among others. He is one of the firm’s leading practitioners for lean manufacturing, and he also leads our Should Cash offering, leveraging end-to-end operations improvement for optimal cash performance.

Before joining McKinsey, Tony worked for high tech, metal forming, and plastics companies, with responsibilities in manufacturing, production planning, and purchasing. He is a graduate of the Leaders for Global Operations program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Active in communities outside of his work for clients, Tony is a member of advisory boards, including Northwestern University’s industrial engineering department, and the Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit USA. In addition, he is a founder and the former vice chair of the board of directors for Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity.


Global Infrastructure Initiative

Convening global leaders in infrastructure and capital projects in pursuit of new solutions

Published Work

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing, McKinsey Global Institute, November 2017

Manufacturing network strategy in a world of unprecedented change, ” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

Don’t burn the ships: Sail for a new world of manufacturing performance, ” McKinsey & Company, September 2017

The great remake: Manufacturing for modern times, ” McKinsey & Company, August 2017

Past Experience

Lean engineer

Stratos Lightwave
Continuous improvement manager

3Com Corporation
Procurement analyst


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MBA; MS, mechanical engineering

Northwestern University
BS, manufacturing engineering
BS, industrial engineering