William F. Meehan III is a Lecturer in Strategic Management and the Raccoon Partners Lecturer in Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company. His teaching and research are focused on two areas: general management and leadership; and nonprofits, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Mr. Meehan is also a regular writer and speaker on nonprofit strategy, governance, and performance measurement. At Stanford, he is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Social Innovation; member of the Board of Advisors of the Stanford Social Innovation Review; and a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Philanthropy and the Civil Society. He is a long-time Board member of Guidestar and the San Francisco Symphony (where he is a member of the Executive and Governance Committees), a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment Board, and a member of the Board of Big Switch Networks. He is also a member of the National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP). He is former Chair and Board member of the United Way of the Bay Area, a former member of the Boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Fordham Prep, and a former member of the California Roundtable.
He retired in December 2008 after over 30 years at McKinsey & Company where his focus was working with chief executives and senior leaders in technology, private equity, retail, financial services, and media on topics of top management strategy, organization, and leadership, including mentoring more than a dozen new CEOs in shaping their agendas.
In addition to his service to clients, he held many leadership roles with the Firm. As a member of the Shareholders Council, McKinsey’s board, he was Chair of the Client Committee and Chair of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees more than $5 billion in investments. He was also Vice-Chair of the Directors Review Committee, Founder and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice; Chair of the West Coast Practice, and Managing Director of the San Francisco Office.
He is currently a Director of Juniper Networks.