Nicolaus is the global leader of McKinsey Analytics and chairman of QuantumBlack, an advanced-analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology, and design. Guiding a team of more than 3,000 data scientists, platform engineers, and analytics consultants, Nicolaus oversees our efforts to bring insights from big data and advanced analytics into our advisory work. This often involves working with clients to evaluate strategic moves, foster operational transformations, and build capabilities to capture opportunities from data and analytics.
He also enhances our ability to deliver distinctive analytics-based consulting by pursuing investments in talent and technology and establishing new strategic partnerships. Nicolaus’ passion for analytics was largely inspired by his work serving institutions in the healthcare sector. As the leader of our global Healthcare Systems & Services Practice for more than a decade, he saw firsthand the potential for data analytics to improve the quality of management and strategic decision making. Working with more than 50 health systems around the world, he led efforts to pursue analytics-based opportunities such as the potential to integrate care by using population-oriented delivery models.
Strongly interested in discussion and debate, Nicolaus frequently offers his perspectives on the future of healthcare, data, and analytics at events hosted by Forbes, the Milken Institute, the World Economic Forum, and other institutions. He also convenes private gatherings of executives to network and share their insights on big data and healthcare topics. Beyond his client advisory work, Nicolaus serves on the board of Innovations in Healthcare at Duke Medicine, an organization that he helped found, and on the dean’s advisory council at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard, where he was a John J. McCloy scholar.