Elena Lytkina Botelho

Elena Lytkina Botelho

Elena has been a Partner at ghSMART since 2007. She supports major corporate and alternative investment clients globally, including: Pfizer, IBM, CHOP, Carlyle Group, Centerbridge, Berkshire, and many others. Elena initiated and co-leads The CEO Genome Project™ featured in a cover article of Harvard Business Review and in an upcoming book (Crown Publishing, 2018). The CEO Genome Project™ is an extensive research and client practice supporting CEOs and executives on the path to CEO. The research explores paths and behaviors that lead to the top, typical setbacks CEOs encounter and ways to prevent them. Elena is a member of McKinsey M&A Integration Council – an invitation-only forum of senior executives from major corporations to share M&A best practices. Elena is a sought after speaker at leading industry events on leadership and M&A.

Prior to joining ghSMART, Elena was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where for six years she advised CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and major private equity players on the issues of M&A, business strategy, organizational change (including CEO “100 day” plans), and operations. Her clients included major corporations in media, technology, and financial services industries. Elena was a core member of the McKinsey Media & Entertainment practice and authored several publications on advertising sales strategies, marketing effectiveness, and organizational transformation. Elena led design and rollout of a new candidate assessment system across McKinsey US offices and has been actively involved in candidate assessment, training, and coaching since 1999.

Prior to McKinsey Elena started her career in finance and accounting, first with Andersen Worldwide in New York and later with AIG-Brunswick private equity in Moscow, Russia. Elena has actively supported non-profit institutions including Washington National Cathedral Schools, Success Academy, and others. Elena holds an MBA in finance from Wharton. She received a CPA license and a BS in Accounting with Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Binghamton. Elena completed Leadership Coaching certification at Georgetown University. She also completed three years at the Moscow State Pedagogical University majoring in education, with coursework in psychology. Elena lives in Washington DC with her family.

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