Jim McKay

Jim McKay

Americas Leader M&A, Willis Towers Watson

Jim McKay is a Director in Willis Towers Watson.  He advises clients globally on the financial and human capital issues in mergers, acquisitions, integrations, divestitures and joint ventures. He serves as our global due diligence leader and has geographic responsibility for our M&A business in the America’s.

Jim is the lead consultant for Towers Watson’s global M&A team for General Electric, a role which encompasses overall engagement leadership, project management and coordination of the delivery of all Towers Watson services, be it to the subsidiary business unit, or direct to the corporate headquarters.  

A representative list of his other clients include: Abbott, Activis, Alliance Data, Bearing Point, Boeing, British Telecom, Century Aluminum, Citizens Financial, Corning, Delphi, Eaton,  Ericsson,  Florida Power,  Genworth Financial, Group 4 Falck, Harrah’s Entertainment, KPS Capital, LAM, Mahle,  Merck, Microsoft,  Molex, Molson, Motorola, Perkin Elmer, Phelps Dodge, Plansee,  Solectron,  Steris, SPX, Timken, The World Bank, The Washington Group, WellPoint, Young & Rubicam and Zimmer.

Jim is a recurring lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management (Cornell University) on the people and cultural issues in mergers and acquisitions. He has also lectured at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) on business restructuring in Europe and at Loyola University on the human resource implications of globalization.  

He has been published in the Harvard Business Review, co-authoring an article with Motorola on “Managing the People and Cultural Problems in Mergers”, as well as published in numerous other trade journals.

For the last eight years, Jim has led our quarterly M&A roundtable discussion group for human resource M&A professionals. This group consists of the following organizations: 3M, Abbott, Accenture, American Express, BMO, Boeing, BP, Cisco, DaVita, Deere, Eaton, GE, Genworth, Halliburton, IBM, Microsoft, Novartis, Standard Chartered and Stryker. 

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries of Scotland, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries in the United States, a member of the International Association of Consulting Actuaries and an honors graduate from the CASS Business School, City University, London. He has also served on the Global Total Rewards, Global Executive Compensation and International Benefits Advisory Board’s of World at Work, and teaches the M&A course for this organization.

Email: [email protected]
Office phone: +1 312 525 2340
Mobile Phone: +1 312 371 0574