William Garrett
William Garrett

Chief Operating Officer
Clinical Professor of Management

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Will Garrett is the Chief Operating Officer and a Clinical Professor of Management at the Kellogg School of Management. 

As Chief Operating Officer Will is respsonsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the school.  His areas of oversight include finance, facilities, information technology, marketing, alumni, and executive education.  In his role as a Clinical Professor of Management at Kellogg, Will is responsible for the Academic Direction of several custom client programs and teaches on subjects related to growth.

Prior to his role at Kellogg, Will worked in McKinsey & Company's Chicago office for 17 years as a partner advising the leadership of major global corporations in strategy, growth and change management. He also spent three years as the Director of Global Operations for McKinsey's Strategy Practice. In addition, Will served at General Electric Railcar Services as the Executive Vice President of Marketing, Portfolio Management, and Business Development.

Will holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Masters in Management from Kellogg.

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Master of Management, 1990, Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, With Distinction
Bachelor of Science, 1986, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University

Academic Positions
Clinical Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2016-present
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-2016

Other Professional Experience
Associate Dean of Executive Education, Northwestern University, 2012-present
Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern University, 2016-present
Director of Global Strategy Practice Operations (2009-2012), Principal (2002-2008), Associate Principal (2001-2002), McKinsey & Company, Inc., 2001-2012
Managing Director, Netfuel Ventures, 2000-2001
Executive Vice President, Marketing, Portfolio Management, and Business Development, GE Capital Railcar Services, 1997-2000
Senior Engagement Manager (1994-1996), Engagement Manager (1992-1994), Associate (1990-1992), McKinsey & Company, Inc., 1990-1997
Summer Associate, Chicago Capital Fund (Venture Capital Fund), 1989-1989
Program Development Engineer (Marketing account manager), Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 1986-1988
Sales engineer, Foreman, Production supervisor, Application engineer, Reliability engineer, Packard Electric Division & General Motors Corporation (Co-op employment), 1982-1985

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