F. William Barnett

F. William (Bill) Barnett retired as a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in the DC, Atlanta, and Dallas offices. In his years with McKinsey, he served clients across diverse industries and led the Firm’s strategy consulting practice, where he and other practice members developed new consulting approaches.

Bill taught business strategy at the Yale School of Management and career strategy at Rice University’s MBA and Global Affairs programs. He leads career seminars based on his book, "The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You."

Bill has served on a variety of boards of directors, including the International Rescue Committee, the Bridge (Dallas’ leading homeless center), the Shelton School, and Eagle Materials. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before his career at McKinsey, Bill started and led the systems analysis office in the Politico-Military Affairs Bureau of the State Department, worked in the Europe Division of the Program Analysis and Evaluation department of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and served as a member of the US delegation to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction negotiations in Vienna. He was a Captain in the US Army in Vietnam. Bill is a Distinguished Graduate of West Point and was named a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School.