“My greatest reward in this work comes through helping organizations develop a lasting culture that is aligned in its values and enables employees to get the very best results in an environment that is positive, empowering, synergistic, and satisfying. Supporting that effort is extremely gratifying.”

meet John

John McKay


John McKay is a partner at culture-shaping firm Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company. His purpose is to inspire a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of his family, in the organizations with which he partners and in the world. To that end, John works with leaders to successfully implement healthy, high-performance cultures. He is highly skilled at helping leaders create a compelling vision and core values for their organization, and designing and implementing culture-shaping initiatives to achieve breakthrough results.

John describes his passion for transforming organizations and touching lives


Since joining Senn Delaney in 1988, John has worked extensively with leadership and management teams of various companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, quick service restaurants, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, retail, aerospace and manufacturing. Clients he has worked with include USAA, FedEx Services, Burger King, McDonald's, Victoria's Secret Stores, Express, Novartis, AutoZone, CIGNA, Piedmont Natural Gas, T-Mobile, Boeing, Terminix and HealthPartners.

John was a key advisor to the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business in developing its Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) process that quickly raised them from 11th to 1st in national rankings. This groundbreaking approach in education has been adopted by other top business schools.

Prior to joining Senn Delaney, John began and operated a successful tour company, developing, marketing and coordinating bilingual tours throughout the Intermountain West. He accompanied the governor of Utah to Tokyo to represent Utah tourism on an international trade mission, directly increasing the number of Japanese tourists to the Intermountain West. Before starting his tour company, John worked as a customer service representative for American Express. Prior to that, he coordinated the efforts of more than 200 church representatives throughout Southern Germany.

John earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Utah and Master of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California Los Angeles.

John and three of his four daughters live in Sandy, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. He is a grandfather to a beautiful, very energetic little boy and if you ask him, he will most certainly have a “proud grandpa” story ready to share. John loves family activities and enjoys reading, traveling, singing, and has an extensive music collection. His favorite sports include tennis, skiing, and horseback riding.
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