Katherine Desmond

Katherine B. Desmond

Katherine is ghSMART’s Chief People Officer, responsible for recruiting, retaining, advancing, and developing our amazingly talented team.  Before taking on the CPO role, Katherine was a Principal at ghSMART, where she advised boards, executives, and investors on their most important leadership challenges. Prior to joining ghSMART, Katherine was Director of McKinsey Women for McKinsey & Company. In this role, she had global oversight for the creation and execution of all aspects of the firm’s women’s strategy, which spanned the recruiting, retention, talent development, and advancement of women. She led the design of and facilitated myriad learning programs with the objective of helping women define the leaders they aspire to become and create action plans to build on their strengths to reach their aspirations. Before taking on this global role, Katherine held other office- and regional-level talent leadership positions at McKinsey in recruiting and professional development.

Prior to moving into talent leadership at McKinsey, Katherine was a consultant at McKinsey in the Washington, D.C., and London offices. She served clients across multiple industries with a focus in financial institutions and social sector organizations. Her client engagements covered diverse topics including talent and organizational strategy, service operations optimization, and strategy.

Katherine holds a BA with Honors in Psychology and English from Williams College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned an MBA at Harvard Business School where her elective coursework centered on leadership and organizational strategy. Katherine lives in Phoenix with her husband and two children.

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