McKinsey and BCG partner join US Defense Business Board

19 September 2014

The Pentagon* has recently strengthened its Defense Business Board with two experienced strategy consultants: Nancy Killefer, former senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and Daniel Werfel, Director of the US Public Sector Practice at the Boston Consulting Group. 

The Department of Defense (DOD) is the department of the US government that coordinates and supervises all agencies and functions concerned with national security and the US Armed Forces. In 2002, the DOD established the Defense Business Board (DBB) to provide independent and objective advice to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and other senior departmental leaders. The DBB provides an outside private sector perspective and gives advice on best business practices for consideration and potential application to the Department. 

US Defense Business Board

Recently, the DOD announced the appointment of 8 new members to the DBB. With these 8, the total of members serving on the DBB will be 23 and experience in, among others, corporate governance, audit and finance, human resources and health care is added to its expertise. “These men and women were chosen based on their proven track record of sound judgment in leading or governing large, complex private sector corporations or entities, and have a wealth of top-level, global business experience in the areas of executive management, corporate governance, audit and finance, human resources and compensation, economics, technology and healthcare,” states the DOD. Two of the newly appointed DBB members come with experience and expertise from the strategy consulting industry. 

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Nancy Killefer is former Director at McKinsey & Company where she worked for 32 years, during which she held many leadership positions. She acted as Head of the People Committee, was a Member of the Governing Board and Chair of several committees. From 2000 to 2007, she was the Director of the Washington, D.C. office, and from 2005 to 2011 of the Public Sector Practice. During her break from McKinsey between 1997 and 2000, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at the United States Department of the Treasury. After her return at McKinsey, Killefer served as the Chairperson of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Oversight Board between 2001 and 2005, and she has been the Director of the Advisory Board Company since 2013.

Daniel Werfel, Director of the Public Sector Practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) also comes with expertise from the IRS, where he was the Acting Commissioner for 8 months before he joined BCG. Before working for the IRS, Werfel worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he served for 16 years as controller and later as the Deputy Director for Management. In addition to his role as Director at BCG and member of the DBB, Werfel is a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, and a member of the IRS Oversight Board, the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.

* The Pentagon is the headquarters of the Department of Defense (DOD) of the United States, and often referred to when talking about the DOD.


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