Director, McKinsey & Company, United States

Katy George is a Director in McKinsey & Company’s New Jersey office.  Katy co-leads McKinsey’s Global Manufacturing Practice.  Katy is also a part of the leadership team of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Operations practice.


An 18-year veteran of McKinsey, Katy’s client service has focused on healthcare supply chain, manufacturing and quality, and Katy has also worked with healthcare companies on corporate strategy and commercial effectiveness.  Katy has worked with pharmaceutical and medical device companies in setting operations strategy, defining and launching new operations organization structures and operating models, and optimizing supply and manufacturing performance to lower cost and improve service and market access.  Katy leads McKinsey’s Quality Roundtables in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, helping to convene industry and regulators around common objectives.  She has led multi-client benchmarking around quality and compliance efficiency, effectiveness, and risk-management.  Katy also advises companies in the consumer, food and high-tech sectors on quality topics.


In Katy’s role as co-leader of the Global Manufacturing Service Line, Katy has focused on global macroeconomic changes, advanced manufacturing technologies, and how they will reshape manufacturing strategies and opportunities.  Katy co-authored McKinsey’s report “Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation”, a collaboration with McKinsey’s Global Institute (2013).  She also co-authored McKinsey’s perspective “Next-shoring: A CEO’s Guide” (2014).  Katy has spoken at multiple conferences and with clients on advanced manufacturing technology adoption, digital manufacturing management, the role of advanced analytics in manufacturing, and regional manufacturing competitiveness.  


Katy also works with Episcopal Relief & Development, a non-profit organization that supports local, long-term initiatives addressing poverty, hunger, disease, economic development, and disaster response around the world. Prior to joining McKinsey, Katy worked as an associate analyst at National Economic Research Associates. She holds a high honors degree in economics and government from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University. Her doctoral work focused on factory management and supply chain improvements in assembly industries.