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Brendan Buescher

Senior Partner

Brendan Buescher is a Senior Partner and local Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Cleveland office and Ohio. After joining McKinsey in 1997, he has largely focused on healthcare, economic competitiveness, and personal and organizational leadership and transformation.

Brendan is a leader in McKinsey’s global Healthcare Systems and Services practice. Within healthcare, Brendan has served leading health care institutions such as national provider chains and regional health systems, Academic Medical Centers, medical supplies and pharmaceutical distributors, and device manufacturers both in the US and internationally. He has also led efforts with US States attempting to improve population health and create sustainable healthcare delivery systems.  For example, he has worked with the Ohio Business Roundtable and State of Ohio in developing a comprehensive set of health reform themes and initiatives based on an extensive fact base and facilitation across the state.  He has also supported State led efforts in multi-payor payment innovation that accelerate health delivery innovation and simultaneously improving healthcare cost, quality, and consumer experience.

In addition to client service, Brendan has served on multiple leadership development committees and roles within McKinsey as well as authored multiple articles and spoken extensively to executives and boards.

Prior to McKinsey, Brendan served 6 years in the United States Air Force.  He played an active role in intelligence operations during the Gulf War, and led the Air Force’s sensitive operations for the Asia-Pacific. After resigning his commission as Captain in 1993, he consulted to the United States Intelligence Community until 1995 on issues ranging from the intelligence community’s strategy against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to the development of electronic warfare. He is married to Lisa and they have three children – Anna (15) and Lance (12), and Beckett (7) and live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Brendan received a MBA (with distinction) from University of Michigan, MA in Asian studies from University of Michigan, and BA in mathematics from Amherst College. Recent articles of Brendan’s include “How US healthcare companies can thrive amid disruption” (McKinsey & Company, June 2014) and “Thriving under disruption: How to succeed in the years ahead” (McKinsey & Company, February 2014).