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Personality Spotlight: Nancy Killefer

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama tapped into the Clinton administration, this time naming Nancy Killefer as the nation's first chief performance officer.

Killefer, a senior director in the Washington office of the management consultant firm of McKinsey & Co. Inc., served as the Treasury Department's chief operating officer under former President Bill Clinton.

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Joining McKinsey in 1979, Killefer heads the firm's Public Sector Practice, specializing in developing strategies and improving organizational effectiveness for a range of government clients, according to her biography on the Retirement Security Board Project, for which she is a board member.

From 1997 to 2000, Nancy was assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief operations offer at the Treasury Department. While at Treasury, she also led a major modernization at the Internal Revenue Service, prepared Treasury's systems for Y2K and reshaped management processes.

After returning to McKinsey in 2000, she joined the IRS Oversight Board, serving from 2000 to 2005 and was the board's chairman from 2002 to 2004.

Nancy earned a master's in business administration from the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated with honors from Vassar College, with a degree in economics.

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