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McKinsey head Sternfels on the new global corporation

The consulting firm’s global managing partner is steering it and its clients through a world upended by the pandemic

Mr Bob Sternfels has been given charge of the firm at a time when some of the biggest corporations are asking existential questions of themselves. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
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As the grandson of World War II aviators and son of a US navy pilot who flew sorties over Vietnam, Bob Sternfels - the global managing partner of McKinsey, who lived his first few years in the Subic Bay region of the Philippines and is himself a flying enthusiast - has it in his genes to navigate challenging weather.

As chief operating officer to global head Kevin Sneader and, since last July, Mr Sneader's successor, the 52-year-old has not only steered through an internal crisis involving a partner revolt against Mr Sneader, but has also had plenty to handle on multiple fronts externally.

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