Beginning in January and going until February, Pierre Gentin will be the Reuben Mark Initiative's Leader-in-Residence and will teach the course, "Aspiration and Action: The Role of the Chief Legal Officer".
Pierre is McKinsey’s Global General Counsel. He leads the Legal and Public Affairs functions and advises the Firm’s management team and board. In McKinsey’s history, Pierre is the first person elected Senior Partner who is not a management consultant. In 2022, The Financial Times named him one of the top 20 general counsel worldwide.
Pierre joined McKinsey in 2019 with nearly 30 years of experience in business, law, government, and academia. He was a Partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and spent nearly two decades at Credit Suisse, a public, regulated financial services company, where he held senior risk and legal roles including Managing Director and Global Head of Litigation, Investigations and Employment Law, General Counsel for the Research Division, and Head of Reputational Risk for the Americas. Pierre also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Pierre was previously a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has served on the WEF’s Global Agenda Councils on Faith, Values in Decision-Making, and the Role of Business. He is currently a Trustee of the Practicing Law Institute, the Touro Synagogue Foundation, and Princeton University’s Center for Public Policy and Finance. He served on the board of Columbia Law School’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, chaired the board of Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, and is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Human Relations Award. Pierre taught law as Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, and business ethics as a Lecturer at the Wharton School of Business, and he co-edited a book on alternative dispute resolution in the financial services sector. During the COVID lockdown, he taught a virtual course exploring the relationship between 19th and 20th-century American poetry, religious thought, and blues music.