Katy is a senior partner, as well as chief people officer and a leader in the firm’s Operations Practice. Katy is responsible for McKinsey’s global people functions, which includes professional development and learning, recruiting, human resources, performance evaluation, people analytics, and other core capabilities. She has also previously served on McKinsey’s Shareholders’ Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and the firm’s global leadership team.
Since joining the firm, Katy has partnered with clients on their transformations, including operational performance improvement, operations strategy linked to business strategy, and operating model design.
She has led programs around product launch, manufacturing network configuration and plant performance, end-to-end sourcing and supply chain optimization, and quality system effectiveness. Katy has also worked with companies on digitizing their sales and marketing approaches, as well as their operations, making technology platform decisions, and transforming organization structures.
In recent years, Katy has focused on advanced technology development and adoption, and the workforce development required to capture the value from these new technologies. She coleads McKinsey’s partnership with MxD, a 250-member consortium of leading government academic and corporate organizations. Her industry experience includes work in the pharmaceutical, medical-device, consumer-goods, and aerospace industries. All her work includes a focus on capability building to support sustained performance improvement.
As part of the McKinsey Global Institute, Katy has coauthored several pieces of research, including most recently, “Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector,” and has also contributed pieces for Harvard Business Review, Industry Today, and Market Watch. She is a frequent speaker at events and conferences on topics in advanced manufacturing technology, including workforce adoption and capability building, digital manufacturing management, the role of advanced analytics in manufacturing, and regional manufacturing competitiveness.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Katy worked as an associate analyst at an economic consulting firm. Her doctoral work focused on production system design and supply chain improvements in assembly industries. Katy works actively with Episcopal Relief & Development, an international relief and development agency.