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Zameer Kassam

Focus on Founders: Zameer Kassam and his unique fine jewelry business

Steeped in a love of fine jewelry since childhood, Zameer set out to create a new type of jewelry firm—one that works with the client to create a one-of-a-kind piece based on personal stories. Less than four years after launching the business, Zameer’s pieces have been touted by VOGUE and others as being the equal of iconic jewelry brands. He credits his time at McKinsey with teaching him the art of storytelling and “relentless client service,” both key success factors in his business.
Sir Charlie Mayfield

Spotlight On: Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership

“I'm the kind of person who's always thinking about how we can make things better,” says Sir Charlie, who has chaired the Partnership of the upscale UK retailer since 2007. The 19th-century brand may be iconic, but Sir Charlie is making sure that it’s constantly innovating—while also taking care of its people.
Forbes 30 under 30 McKinsey alumni

Ten alumni, two firm members named to Forbes' '30 Under 30' lists for 2016 in the US, Europe, and Asia

From bringing high-speed internet to Cuba to helping busy professionals get everyday tasks completed to improving dental health for underprivileged children, the nine alumni and two current firm members on this year's Forbes '30 Under 30' lists for the US, Europe, and Asia are helping to drive innovation across a range of sectors.
Phalgun Raju

Focus on Founders: Phalgun Raju of DonorFind and expertDB on having an impact

Phalgun Raju divides her time between her startup studio Morph Ventures and her philanthropic projects run through Her goal? To make a difference and have an impact in the world.
Caroline Webb

Spotlight On: Caroline Webb, Who Would Like You to Have a Good Day

Caroline Webb knows how to have a good day and is helping others do the same. In her new book “How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life,” Caroline offers simple tips rooted in psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience to make improvements that add up to more good days. In a conversation with us, she discusses her path to writing the book, and how alumni can leverage and further this work.
Paul Arnold

Focus on Founders: Paul Arnold of Switch Ventures on why he invests in alumni

Paul Arnold’s newly launched VC firm, Switch Ventures, invests in promising startups – many of them founded by McKinsey alums. There’s a reason he backs so many alumni: he says they’re particularly good at “charting a clear path,” making their entrepreneurial pursuits much more likely to be successful. (And yes, he’s ready to write more checks.)
Jaydeep Barman

Jaydeep Barman Successfully Expands His "Food-on-demand" Business Faasos

Jaydeep's delivery-based food company Faasos is already present in 15 cities in India. He plans to push that number up to around 50 by mid-2016. An article in Forbes India delves into the story behind his appetite for expansion.
Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai takes the helm of a newly restructured Google

Sundar's new role as CEO is the latest in his eleven years at Google—years that a colleague says are characterized by "being this guy that always launched things that people wanted." This profile describes why his engineering and business acumen are just part of what has made him so successful.
Stephanie Burke

Focus on founders: Stephanie Burke and Veritas Health

Stephanie is the co-founder of Veritas Health, a publisher of a network of health-related websites that provide educational information about chronic musculoskeletal issues. She attributes the company’s success—it is the highest trafficked musculoskeletal site in the world, surpassing even WebMD and Mayo Clinic—to its commitment to "put the patients first."
William Reeve
Maui, Hawaii

Focus on founders: William Reeve on back-to-back business building

Whether through creation, leadership, or investment, William has built a reputation as an “online legend,” with several Internet-based businesses in the UK owing their success in part to his commitment. The creator of LOVEFiLM, Fletcher Research, and many others, William recently spoke to us about why he “can’t get enough” of entrepreneurship.
Mary Lou Kelly

Mary Lou Kelley and Hubert Joly lead Best Buy’s seismic turnaround

By the time last Thanksgiving rolled around, Best Buy was two years into a transformation aimed at improving performance. Black Friday 2014 would be an indicator of the strategy’s success. When Mary Lou Kelley, the electronics retailer’s head of e-commerce, called CEO (and fellow alum) Hubert Joly to tell him that the company’s website had gone down during an unexpected traffic surge, they had begun to get their answers.
Derek Bouchard Hall

Derek Bouchard-Hall brings management skill and Olympic experience to USA Cycling’s top job

Derek Bouchard-Hall is four months into his position as CEO of USA Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the U.S. Given the sport’s challenges in the areas of gender equity, competitive fairness, physical safety, and financing, he has his work cut out for him—but, as he recently told Business Insider Australia, he loves the sport and is clear about what he brings to the table, and what he plans to do to restore the sport's reputation.