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Kevin Coyne

Kevin Coyne


About Kevin

Board Governance, Strategy and Leadership Consultant to Business Enterprises, Universities, and Non-Profits

After being the only person in the history of the Harvard Business School to be admitted directly from his junior year of college, Kevin Coyne graduated with Distinction in 1978, and was awarded his undergraduate degree from Rice University three weeks later. He joined McKinsey and Company directly from HBS.

In 1983, Kevin took a leave of absence to become the sole policy advisor to the second ranking official in the U.S.Treasury Department in the first Reagan Administration, serving as an intermediary between Great Britian and Argentina following the Falklands Islands War, conducting negotiations with Japan, and overseeing the drug interdiction program of the U.S. Customs Service.

Returning to McKinsey in 1984, Kevin was elected a Principal in 1986, and in 1994 became co-leader of McKinsey’s worldwide strategy practice. While at McKinsey, Kevin served as personal counsellor to over 20 CEOs and worked directly with numerous Boards of Directors of both corporate and non-profit institutions.

Since retiring from McKinsey in 2006 he has consulted to a wide variety of companies, universities, and non-profits on issues of Board governance, strategy, the changing environment for higher education, and other subjects. In 2007, he taught at the Harvard Business School, and has been a Senior Teaching Professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School since 2008. He is also the CEO of a venture capital backed bio-technology company.

Kevin has co-authored two books and over 40 articles in leading management journals such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, McKinsey Quarterly, and The Journal of Business Strategy and has published articles in the Financial Times, Business Week,, Chief Executive, and  Directorship.

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