Bain & Company appoints three Americas sector leaders

22 February 2024 2 min. read
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Bain & Company has appointed Kurt Grichel as head of its Americas retail practice, Daniel (Danny) Hong as head of its Americas communications, media & entertainment (CME) practice, and Mikaela Boyd as head of its Americas financial services practice. 

Based in Seattle, Grichel has been at Bain for 18 years, advising large clients across grocery, mass retail, and specialty retail. In his new role, Grichel will partner closely with retail clients and oversee business development and management of the practice’s team and executive network.

Bain’s Americas retail practice has nearly doubled in size over the last seven years, and serves clients across North, Central, and South America.

“Kurt is passionate about retail and comes to the role with an array of fantastic client results, deep expertise across the retail industry, connectivity with our broader team, and extraordinary energy to lead our practice to new heights in the next few years,” said Marc-André Kamel, leader of Bain & Company’s global retail practice.

Before joining Bain in 2006, Grichel was a VP at JPMorgan Chase. He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from Western Washington University.

Bain & Company appoints three Americas sector leaders

Based in New York, Hong is a 21-year Bainee with extensive expertise supporting media and telecom firms with M&A, operating model, transformation, and growth projects.

Bain’s global CME practice has more than doubled in size in the last three years and supports large clients in telecom, video, advertising, video games, and sports, among other areas.

“Danny will play a pivotal role in continuing to position our clients for long-term successes, equipping them with the cutting-edge capabilities necessary to win amid today’s most pressing disruptions, including generative AI and shifting consumer demands,” said Andre James, head of Bain’s global media & entertainment practice.

Hong has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Brown University.

Based in New York, Boyd has been at the firm for 17 years. She specializes in supporting payments sector clients with generative AI initiatives.

Bain’s global financial services practice has worked with 95% of the top 15 global banks and all of the top five multiline insurance firms, advising on projects in strategy, customer experience, M&A, and large-scale transformation.

“Mikaela understands what it takes to win within today’s rapidly shifting landscape and will lead the team to deliver unparalleled results for our clients,” said Julien Faye, head of Bain’s global financial services practice.

Before joining Bain, Boyd was associate program officer for US education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.