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Tony Gambell


Brings deep expertise to operations performance transformations with a particular passion for manufacturing organizations operating in highly regulated industries, and leads our work in global medical device operations

Tony is a leader in McKinsey’s Operations Practice. He also leads the firm’s medical-device-operations work, providing executives with strategic guidance on a wide range of operations issues, including operations-performance improvement, lean manufacturing, global-network optimization, make versus buy, and digital manufacturing.

Tony's clients are typically industry leaders that are driving best practice in operations. He has particular expertise in highly regulated industries, such as medical devices, advanced industries, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods. Since joining McKinsey, Tony has led diagnostics and manufacturing-improvement programs at more than 170 plants globally. He helps companies scale and sustain the impact of transformations by building skills and capabilities within their teams.

Prior to 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Leaders for Global Operations program. Tony is a regular guest lecturer at MIT and Northwestern University on operations strategy and the future of manufacturing.

Active in communities outside of client work, Tony is a member of multiple advisory boards, including that of Northwestern University’s industrial-engineering department and the MIT Leaders for Global Operations alumni board.


Improving construction productivity

Global Infrastructure Initiative

Published work

Apprenticeship gets a makeover,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

The resilience imperative for medtech supply chains,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

COVID-19 and in vitro diagnostics: New market forces at play,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Medtech’s call to action: Meeting the demand surge caused by COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

COVID-19 exposes a critical shortage of oxygen in developing countries,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

COVID-19: Overcoming supply shortages for diagnostic testing,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

How US companies are planning for a safe return to the workplace,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Rethinking manufacturing and distribution networks in medtech,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

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