The Umbrex Consulting Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who have made a considerable impact and left a legacy on the consulting industry.
Each week we induct a new consultant into the Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate an individual for inclusion, you may do so here.
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Marvin Bower is widely credited for leading the formation of the global management consulting industry. After joining McKinsey in 1933, his dedication to professional standards and the development of his colleagues established the culture at McKinsey.
He served as managing director from 1950 to 1967, and remained a leadership figure at McKinsey as director and partner until 1992.
“Convinced that behavior and conduct are every bit as important as skills and expertise, I sought to build the firm into an enduring, values-based institution.” – Marvin Bower
- The Will to Lead: Running a Business With a Network of Leaders by Marvin Bower
- Perspective on McKinsey by Marvin Bower
- Marvin Bower obituary in The New York Times
- McKinsey’s Marvin Bower: Vision, Leadership and the Creation of Management Consulting by Elizabeth Haas Edersheim
James H. Lowry
James H. Lowry was the first Black consultant recruited at McKinsey, in 1968. There Lowry convinced corporate clients of the value of investing in minority communities and sought to increase the firm’s numbers of Black consultants.
In 1975 he founded James H. Lowry & Associates. In 2000 he was recruited to join the prominent Boston Consulting Group, where he became became the firm’s first African American senior partner.
- Minority Business Success: Refocusing on the American Dream by James H. Lowry and Leonard Greenhalgh
- Change Agent: A Life Dedicated to Creating Wealth for Minorities by James H. Lowry
Barbara Minto is known for her book, The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking, published in 1985. This became the standardized way of structuring business communications at McKinsey, and later throughout consulting at large.
She originated the term MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive).
Minto was the first female consultant hired at McKinsey, where she worked 1963-1973. She left to found Minto Books International, which provides business communication training.