Thom Shaw

Thom brings more than 20 years’ experience in communications, management consulting, and adult learning to his work. He specializes in issues of organizational change, executive communications, and capability building.

Before founding Kenning Communications, Thom served a variety of Fortune 500 companies, environmental and public policy nonprofits, and public-sector institutions as a communications expert with McKinsey & Company. His experience includes assisting executives with the development and delivery of critical communications, developing targeted communications strategies, aligning employee communications with organizational values, designing and delivering core communications skill training to client employees and McKinsey consultants, and coaching senior managers to maximize their personal impact and effectiveness during corporate restructuring.

Thom served as editor-in-chief for a series of reports by McKinsey on climate change, including Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? (2007), Hawaii’s Opportunity to Lead the U.S. in Reducing Oil Imports and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2008), and Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy (2009).

Before joining McKinsey, Thom worked for Time Warner, Inc. as a staff writer at Asiaweek, a news magazine published in Hong Kong. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Yale University and the University of Chicago, respectively, and an M.F.A. in Writing from Emerson College, where he served as a graduate teaching scholar. Thom is also qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Steps I and II.

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    “Thom has a unique ability to work across a range of personalities and skill sets, setting a positive tone. He is respectful of individual contributions and finds a way to support people as they try out new skills and approaches.”

    Senior strategic content architect, Financial services