Jeff Sinclair

Professor and Business Advisor

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Jeff is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan in both the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering. Jeff also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Zell Lurie Institute. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ross School of Business.  


Jeff retired in December 2012 as a Director (senior partner) with McKinsey & Company. Over the course of more than 30 years, Jeff served in the Firm’s offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Cleveland, where he served as the Location Manager from 1999 through 2005.  


Jeff has a breadth of experience serving CEOs and their leadership teams in strategy, operations, and organization. He served companies in North America, Asia, and Europe across multiple industries, including electronics and high-tech, aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial products, basic materials, consumer goods, and food. He also worked extensively with the US Federal Government. 


Jeff's functional expertise is in operations. He worked with top management teams of technology- and operations-intensive businesses to develop and align business and operations strategies and to build leadership and front-line capabilities to deliver substantial improvements in strategic and financial performance. He co-founded McKinsey's Manufacturing Practice, and in 2012 led a major research effort on the Future of Manufacturing jointly with the McKinsey Global Institute. During his career, Jeff also led the Firm’s Product Development and Supply Chain Practices and served as McKinsey’s Global Knowledge Leader for the Operations Practice, essentially the head of R&D across operations disciplines including product development, procurement, manufacturing, supply chain, and service operations.  


Jeff has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. He has made over 30 investments in start-ups and private-equity-owned companies and currently serves on the boards of directors of multiple privately-held companies. He also was an investor and served on the board of a successful start-up that was acquired by a Fortune 100 company in 2015.


Jeff also serves on the boards of two not-for-profit organizations: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, which supports economic development in manufacturing in Northeast Ohio; and the Cleveland Play House, a theater production and education organization in Cleveland, Ohio, winner of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. 


Before joining McKinsey, Jeff worked for Chrysler Corporation and IBM. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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