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Virginia Simmons, Senior Partner

Virginia Simmons

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company


Virginia is the Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Midwest Office, which includes the Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh locations Since joining McKinsey’s London Office in 1997 Virginia has worked primarily in the Retail and Technology sectors. She has worked extensively in Europe, Asia and moved to North America in 2006. Her work covers the full spectrum of issues facing companies including corporate strategy, finance, marketing, sales and operations. Recent areas of focus and innovation include digital, ecommerce and the application of big data in retailers’ marketing and merchandising arenas and in this capacity she serves on McKinsey’s Global Advanced Analytics Operating Committee and serves on the board of Periscope, McKinsey’s Solutions provider Virginia is a member of McKinsey’s Senior Partner Election Committee which is the global committee responsible for the evaluation and election of Senior Partners. Prior to joining McKinsey, Virginia worked as a Brand Manager at PepsiCo’s and as a Marketing Manager at Shell. Virginia holds a Bachelors in Natural Sciences and a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University, England and was included on the university honors list. Virginia serves on several not-for-profit boards including Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and the Civic Committee of the Chicago Commercial Club.