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Mike Thompson


Helps travel, transport, and logistics organizations define strategy and apply data science to their operations

Mike is a leader in McKinsey’s travel, transport, and logistics work, with extensive experience in strategy and operations for freight rail, airlines, aerospace, trucking, and logistics industries. Mike is also a leader of our operations analytics work, bringing cutting-edge analytics and data science to his travel and logistics clients.

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

  • helping Class-I rail organizations develop asset strategies to improve operational performance and enhance customer experience
  • supporting travel and logistics companies on setting ten-year strategies to deal with disruption brought by factors such as the sharing economy and the development of autonomous vehicles
  • working with travel, transportation, and logistics organizations to define their analytics journeys, developing specific use cases to launch long-term data and analytics transformations

Prior to joining McKinsey, Mike earned his PhD in physical chemistry from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow and his work on microscopy contributed to the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry and the development of nanoscopy.


Stanford University
PhD, physical chemistry

University of California
BS, chemistry