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Nora Aufreiter

Nora Aufreiter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia, where she is Chair of the Human Capital Committee; the Kroger board, where she is a member of the Financial Policy Committee and Chair of the Public Responsibilities Committee; Cadillac Fairview Property Trust, where she is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Ms. Aufreiter is also Chair of, a luxury e-commerce retailer based in Munich. Ms. Aufreiter previously served as a Director of the Neiman Marcus Group (2014-2019) where she was Chair of the Digital and Technology Committee.

Ms. Aufreiter also serves on several non-profit boards. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of Unity Health Toronto, a network of 3 hospitals, where she also chairs the Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ivey Business School and its Executive Committee.

Ms. Aufreiter was a Senior Partner and Director of McKinsey & Company, where she worked for 27 years until she retired in June 2014. Ms. Aufreiter was Managing Partner of the Toronto office of McKinsey's Canadian Practice from 2008 until 2012. She then led the Firm’s North American Consumer Digital Practice until her retirement. Ms. Aufreiter also previously led the North American Retail Practice, the North American Branding and Marketing Organization Service Lines. She served on a number of the Firm’s global Personnel Committees to elect and evaluate partners. Throughout her career she worked extensively in Canada, the United States and internationally serving her clients in consumer-facing industries in retail, consumer, financial services, and energy.

Ms. Aufreiter was the first woman partner and senior partner elected in Canada and among the first dozen women senior partners elected globally at McKinsey. In 2011, Ms. Aufreiter was recognized as among Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women”. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Degree (LLD) from The University of Western Ontario.

Before joining McKinsey, Ms. Aufreiter spent 3 years in financial services working in corporate finance and investment banking. She has an HBA in business administration from Ivey Business School at Western University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Aufreiter lives in Toronto, Canada.


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Nora Aufreiter

Nora Aufreiter

Director, Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Toronto, ON

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