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Zachary Silverman


Leverages deep expertise in large-scale transformations, cash management, and working capital to help companies achieve a step-change in financial performance and resilience

Zachary is a partner in McKinsey’s Transformation Practice and is based in Atlanta. He is a global leader of the firm’s cash management and working capital work. Zachary brings more than ten years of experience advising clients on transformations, operational and financial restructurings, credit events, M&A, large investments, and reorganizations. He serves clients including corporations, investors, creditors, and government bodies.

Examples of Zachary’s recent client work include the following:

  • leading a transformation delivering $1 billion of sustained, recurring impact for a paper and packaging company including top-line, operational, and SG&A opportunities
  • advising a leading US distributor and its board on strategic, operational, and liquidity risks, including decisions on working capital and non-core businesses
  • leading a $1 billion working capital reduction program for a global agricultural products company and taking a working capital governance approach to meet dual corporate objectives of growth and credit quality
  • advising a large power producer on its transformation through restructuring of more than $2 billion of debt through field, G&A, and balance sheet improvements
  • resolving a $150 million cash-flow shortfall for a global oilfield equipment provider and developing a flexible capex plan to allow for growth as oil prices recovered
  • leading a cost transformation at a global tier-one auto supplier, including working capital improvements and redesign of corporate center, engineering, and R&D functions, allowing for substantial EBITDA growth and deleveraging

Published work

Ready, set, go, and keep going: Why speed is key to a successful transformation,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Building optionality: Balance sheet discipline is both timely and timeless,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Planning for 2023: How US-based businesses can succeed when capital and talent are constrained,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Something’s coming: How US companies can build resilience, survive a downturn, and thrive in the next cycle,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

Unlocking cash from your balance sheet,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021


Duke Fuqua School of Business

Duke University
BA, political science and economics