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Pierre M. Gentin

Senior Partner and Chief Legal OfficerNew York

Pierre is McKinsey’s chief legal officer. He leads the legal and public affairs functions and advises the firm’s management team and board. Pierre is the first non-consultant elected a senior partner in McKinsey’s history. In 2022, the Financial Times named him one of the top 20 general counsel worldwide.

Pierre joined McKinsey in 2019 with nearly 30 years’ experience in business, law, government, and academia. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and a senior legal and risk officer at Credit Suisse. Pierre also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Bloomberg, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Brunswick Review, Law360, LawDragon, Legal500, and others. He regularly advises general counsel and other executives on the design and management of corporate functions.

Pierre was previously named a “young global leader” of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and he has served on the WEF’s global agenda councils on faith, values in decision making, and the role of business. He is a trustee of the Practicing Law Institute, Touro Synagogue Foundation, and Princeton University’s Center for Public Policy and Finance. He served on the board of Columbia Law School’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, chaired the board of Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, and is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s “Human Relations Award.”

Pierre taught law as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, business ethics as a lecturer at the Wharton School of Business, and he co-edited a book on alternative dispute resolution in the financial services sector. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he taught a virtual course exploring the relationship between American poetry, religious thought, and blues music. In the spring of 2023 , he was “leader in residence” in the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia Law School, where he taught a course on the role of the chief legal officer. In the 2023-2024 academic year, Pierre will teach at Yale Law School as a visiting lecturer in law.

Pierre graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received a law degree from Columbia University.


Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Credit Suisse
Managing Director

U.S. Department of Justice
Assistant US Attorney, Southern District of New York