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Gary S. Pinkus

Chairman | McKinsey & Company

Gary Pinkus is the Chairman for McKinsey & Company in North America. He was previously the Managing Partner for the firm in North America, and before that led McKinsey’s office for the Western United States. He is also a former global leader of McKinsey’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, which he helped cofound more than a decade ago. 

He serves clients across multiple industries and topics, including leading companies in private equity, healthcare, oil & gas, and commercial vehicles.

Gary joined McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles in 1987 as a business analyst and came to the firm's San Francisco Office in 1992.  Over the course of his career, he has worked for Dole Fresh Fruit in Honduras; Bear Stearns' Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York; and in McKinsey's Houston, Mexico City, Sydney, and Zurich offices. In addition to his client work, Gary has been a member of the firm’s Shareholders Council (Board of Directors) for almost a decade, and now chairs the Risk, Audit, and Governance Committee.

Gary also serves on the board of the California Academy of Sciences. He is a prior member of the boards of the San Francisco Opera, the Menlo School, ReSurge (formerly Interplast), the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the California Business Roundtable, and the Investment Committee for the Woodside School Foundation.

Gary earned his B.A. in English and Quantitative Economics with Distinction from Stanford University and his M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School.  He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 29 years and have four children (ages 16 through 23); they also have three dogs. They live in Woodside, California.