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McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance

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Inside the Strategy Room

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McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance

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We talk with McKinsey partners and corporate executives on the challenges they face creating lasting strategies in a fast-changing world. We also examine the different ways these executives approach these challenges and the new and innovative ways they think of creating a vision for their enterprises.

Latest Episodes

The board’s role during crisis and beyond

McKinsey senior partner Celia Huber, who leads our board services work in North America, talks with three seasoned board directors about the role boards are playing in guiding their companies toward recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Nora Aufreiter sits on the board of Scotiabank, supermarket operator Kroger, and real estate developer Cadillac Fairview, as well as a Toronto hospital. Peter Bissonis an independent director on the boards of HR services company ADP and research firm Gartner and Margaret (Peggy) Mulligan serves on the boards of Canadian Western Bank and mining company New Gold. The panel discussion was hosted by Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.

40 min3 d ago
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The board’s role during crisis and beyond

Budget planning for 2021

Budgeting for the coming calendar year entails unique challenges, given the uncertainty about the pandemic’s continuing impact. In this episode, Ankur Agrawal, Christian Grube, Matthew Maloney, and Ishaan Seth, all co-authors of the McKinsey.com article, “Memo to the CFO: A new approach to 2021 budgeting starts now,”discuss how CFOs and other business leaders should adapt their budget process for the uncertain times. They were joined by Steven M. Sterin, an independent director on the boards of DuPont and Kosmos Energy, who is the former CFO of two Fortune 500 companies: Endeavor (now a part of Marathon) and Celanese.

37 min2 w ago
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Budget planning for 2021

Building a great digital business

In recent months, many companies have rushed to build digital businesses to overcome pandemic-induced disruptions and address shifts in customer behavior. In this episode, we explore how to develop a digital offering quickly and effectively despite ongoing economic uncertainty.

32 min3 w ago
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Building a great digital business

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, on corporate purpose during a crisis

Senior partner Celia Huber speaks with Laxman Narasimhan, the CEO of Reckitt Benckiser. The UK-based global consumer-goods company focuses on products in health, hygiene, and nutrition categories, some of which saw massive demand spikes during the height of the pandemic. Before joining the company, Narasimhan held various senior roles at PepsiCo, most recently that of global chief commercial officer. He is also a former McKinsey senior partner. In this interview, recorded in early July, he shares his perspective on maintaining resilience through the COVID-19 crisis, staying connected while working remotely, and how the company’s purpose helped it navigate the pandemic.

28 minOCT 20
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Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, on corporate purpose during a crisis

The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

In this episode Simon Mulcahy, Salesforce’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer, discusses the ways the COVID-19 crisis has reshaped the sales function, and how Salesforce orchestrates innovation inside the company and with customers.

25 minOCT 13
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The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

Purpose and the future for capitalism

We hear from two award-winning American economists about how capitalism and corporate purpose could evolve to more broadly benefit society, especially in this current time of crisis. Yuval Atsmon, a senior partner in our London office, spoke with professor Anne Case and Nobel prize winner, Angus Deaton, about their new book, ‘Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism’. Their book, which has been short-listed for the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year, highlights the social and economic forces negatively impacting the working class, which they argue fosters inequality and undermines society.

30 minSEP 29
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Purpose and the future for capitalism

The committed innovator: An interview with Kellogg’s Nigel Hughes

Nigel Hughes, head of R&D and Innovation at Kellogg Company, speaks with Stacey Haas, who heads up McKinsey’s Consumer Innovation practice, and Erik Roth, who leads McKinsey’s innovation work globally. Hear Nigel’s perspective on the evolution of the CPG industry’s approach to innovation and how Kellogg itself is being solution-based and partnering with other organizations in its pursuit of growth

30 minSEP 23
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The committed innovator: An interview with Kellogg’s Nigel Hughes

In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 2

Today we'll cover the two remaining shifts CEOs are making in this moment; embracing stakeholder capitalism and leveraging peer networks. Sharing their insights on this topic with us today are Carolyn Dewar who co-leads our CEO Excellence work, and Monica Murarka who is a senior expert and leader also of the McKinsey’s CEO Excellence work. We are also joined by Kurt Strovink, the leader of McKinsey’s global insurance sector. Kurt has also led McKinsey initiatives for CEOs across industries.

13 minSEP 23
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In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 2

In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 1

The COVID-19 crisis has put CEOs and the organizations they lead under great pressure. At the same time, it has provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for chief executives to evolve the nature and impact of their role. The authors of a McKinsey Quarterly article, “The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era,” describe the shifts that top-performing CEOs have taken in how they lead—changes that have the potential to permanently transform the CEO role. Carolyn Dewar co-leads our CEO Excellence work, and Monica Murarka is a senior expert and leader also of the Firm’s CEO Excellence work. Kurt Strovink is the leader of McKinsey’s global insurance sector and has led Firm initiatives for CEOs across industries

22 minSEP 21
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In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 1

Why you need to keep changing your company’s business mix

One of the perennial questions corporate leaders ask is which businesses their company should be in.Our recent article, “Why you’ve got to put your portfolio on the move,” suggests that regularly changing the portfolio mix in response to market trends is the surest path to outperformance. During our European M&A conference in London, which took place earlier this year, two of the article’s authors discussed their research on portfolio transformation, based on an analysis of detailed financial results of more than 1,000 of the world’s largest public companies. Andy West is a senior partner and the global co leader of our M&A practice and Sandra Andersen is an associate partner, also in the M&A practice.

24 minSEP 17
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Why you need to keep changing your company’s business mix

Latest Episodes

The board’s role during crisis and beyond

McKinsey senior partner Celia Huber, who leads our board services work in North America, talks with three seasoned board directors about the role boards are playing in guiding their companies toward recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Nora Aufreiter sits on the board of Scotiabank, supermarket operator Kroger, and real estate developer Cadillac Fairview, as well as a Toronto hospital. Peter Bissonis an independent director on the boards of HR services company ADP and research firm Gartner and Margaret (Peggy) Mulligan serves on the boards of Canadian Western Bank and mining company New Gold. The panel discussion was hosted by Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.

40 min3 d ago
Comments
The board’s role during crisis and beyond

Budget planning for 2021

Budgeting for the coming calendar year entails unique challenges, given the uncertainty about the pandemic’s continuing impact. In this episode, Ankur Agrawal, Christian Grube, Matthew Maloney, and Ishaan Seth, all co-authors of the McKinsey.com article, “Memo to the CFO: A new approach to 2021 budgeting starts now,”discuss how CFOs and other business leaders should adapt their budget process for the uncertain times. They were joined by Steven M. Sterin, an independent director on the boards of DuPont and Kosmos Energy, who is the former CFO of two Fortune 500 companies: Endeavor (now a part of Marathon) and Celanese.

37 min2 w ago
Comments
Budget planning for 2021

Building a great digital business

In recent months, many companies have rushed to build digital businesses to overcome pandemic-induced disruptions and address shifts in customer behavior. In this episode, we explore how to develop a digital offering quickly and effectively despite ongoing economic uncertainty.

32 min3 w ago
Comments
Building a great digital business

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, on corporate purpose during a crisis

Senior partner Celia Huber speaks with Laxman Narasimhan, the CEO of Reckitt Benckiser. The UK-based global consumer-goods company focuses on products in health, hygiene, and nutrition categories, some of which saw massive demand spikes during the height of the pandemic. Before joining the company, Narasimhan held various senior roles at PepsiCo, most recently that of global chief commercial officer. He is also a former McKinsey senior partner. In this interview, recorded in early July, he shares his perspective on maintaining resilience through the COVID-19 crisis, staying connected while working remotely, and how the company’s purpose helped it navigate the pandemic.

28 minOCT 20
Comments
Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, on corporate purpose during a crisis

The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

In this episode Simon Mulcahy, Salesforce’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer, discusses the ways the COVID-19 crisis has reshaped the sales function, and how Salesforce orchestrates innovation inside the company and with customers.

25 minOCT 13
Comments
The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

Purpose and the future for capitalism

We hear from two award-winning American economists about how capitalism and corporate purpose could evolve to more broadly benefit society, especially in this current time of crisis. Yuval Atsmon, a senior partner in our London office, spoke with professor Anne Case and Nobel prize winner, Angus Deaton, about their new book, ‘Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism’. Their book, which has been short-listed for the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year, highlights the social and economic forces negatively impacting the working class, which they argue fosters inequality and undermines society.

30 minSEP 29
Comments
Purpose and the future for capitalism

The committed innovator: An interview with Kellogg’s Nigel Hughes

Nigel Hughes, head of R&D and Innovation at Kellogg Company, speaks with Stacey Haas, who heads up McKinsey’s Consumer Innovation practice, and Erik Roth, who leads McKinsey’s innovation work globally. Hear Nigel’s perspective on the evolution of the CPG industry’s approach to innovation and how Kellogg itself is being solution-based and partnering with other organizations in its pursuit of growth

30 minSEP 23
Comments
The committed innovator: An interview with Kellogg’s Nigel Hughes

In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 2

Today we'll cover the two remaining shifts CEOs are making in this moment; embracing stakeholder capitalism and leveraging peer networks. Sharing their insights on this topic with us today are Carolyn Dewar who co-leads our CEO Excellence work, and Monica Murarka who is a senior expert and leader also of the McKinsey’s CEO Excellence work. We are also joined by Kurt Strovink, the leader of McKinsey’s global insurance sector. Kurt has also led McKinsey initiatives for CEOs across industries.

13 minSEP 23
Comments
In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 2

In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 1

The COVID-19 crisis has put CEOs and the organizations they lead under great pressure. At the same time, it has provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for chief executives to evolve the nature and impact of their role. The authors of a McKinsey Quarterly article, “The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era,” describe the shifts that top-performing CEOs have taken in how they lead—changes that have the potential to permanently transform the CEO role. Carolyn Dewar co-leads our CEO Excellence work, and Monica Murarka is a senior expert and leader also of the Firm’s CEO Excellence work. Kurt Strovink is the leader of McKinsey’s global insurance sector and has led Firm initiatives for CEOs across industries

22 minSEP 21
Comments
In conversation: The CEO moment. Episode 1

Why you need to keep changing your company’s business mix

One of the perennial questions corporate leaders ask is which businesses their company should be in.Our recent article, “Why you’ve got to put your portfolio on the move,” suggests that regularly changing the portfolio mix in response to market trends is the surest path to outperformance. During our European M&A conference in London, which took place earlier this year, two of the article’s authors discussed their research on portfolio transformation, based on an analysis of detailed financial results of more than 1,000 of the world’s largest public companies. Andy West is a senior partner and the global co leader of our M&A practice and Sandra Andersen is an associate partner, also in the M&A practice.

24 minSEP 17
Comments
Why you need to keep changing your company’s business mix
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