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The McKay Interview

Michael McKay speaks to the decision makers and local leaders in the Lake Geneva region. 

You can hear the McKay Interview on WRS on Monday at 2000, Saturday at 1000 and Sunday at 1500 after the BBC News. To listen to previous interviews, click here.


Michael McKay spent twenty three years in the toughest of international businesses, tobacco, holding senior positions in marketing, corporate affairs and external relations. In the mid-1980's and early 90's he created his own management consulting firm in Zug, Switzerland, with a clientele of blue-chip companies including well-known Swiss banks and prominent firms in other sectors.

As an independent advisor and founder of McKay’s consulting firm, he has addressed on behalf of corporate clients issues such as better regulation; the defence of freedom of choice, effective anti-contraband and anti-counterfeiting strategies, leveraging high-level networks in the Middle East, counselling senior executives on better management of the external environment and effective government relations, enhancing corporate reputation as well as managing communication problems that accompany change management strategies. His consulting work has been carried out in many European capitals.

Mr. McKay has been an occasional guest lecturer at the University of Geneva's and the University of Fribourg's MBA programmes and at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is also a regular speaker at NATO Advanced Research Workshops; and is a non-executive Director of MEC International Ltd., London.He is well-known as the charismatic, former Chairman of the Geneva Chapter of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC)

Among his clients past and present are HSBC, Ernst & Young, ICRC/CICR, the U.N., JT International, EFG, The British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Intertrust Switzerland, Geneva Trading & Shipping Association, the International Trade Centre, the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the U.N Geneva, Edwards Lifesciences, Nestlé, Expedia  and many others.

He is based near Geneva.

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The McKay Interview is sponsored by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, preparing leaders for new challenges in international security.