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Brendan Fitzgerald

PartnerNew York

Empowers companies across the construction value chain to achieve above-market growth, strategize and execute M&A initiatives, and transform their operations

Brendan, a partner in McKinsey’s New York office, leads our Engineering, Construction & Building Materials Practice for North America. His passion lies in unlocking the industry’s potential for a more equitable, sustainable, and livable built environment. Brendan collaborates closely with clients to drive innovation through the adoption of new techniques and technologies, decarbonization efforts, and the enhancement of productivity at scale.

Brendan has deep experience across the construction value chain, and collaborates with engineers, contractors, building products manufacturers, distributors, and homebuilders. His expertise spans strategy, M&A, growth, and comprehensive performance transformation.

Brendan is also a pivotal member of McKinsey’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, guiding investors seeking to acquire companies in the construction sector and beyond.

Some recent examples of his work include:

  • helping lead a comprehensive performance transformation for a residential building products company, driving bottom-line impact across new product launches and scale-up, pricing improvement, sales effectiveness, procurement, and lean manufacturing
  • contributing to the growth strategy for a leading equipment rental company, collaborating to enhance their ability to outperform the market
  • supporting 100+ due diligences, exit support efforts, market scans, and other corporate finance engagements covering the full construction value chain, as well as a wide range of other sectors

Published work

What can unlock 418 billion of new value for home builders?,” Builder, October 2023

Building products in the digital age: It’s hard to ‘get smart,’” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Rise of the platform era: The next chapter in construction technology,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Strategy in the face of disruption: A way forward for the North American building-products industry,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Past experience

Linklaters LLP


University of Melbourne
BA, LLB (Hons.)