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, Tiger Global and many others. Elena initiated and leads the CEO Genome Project – extensive research and client practice supporting first time CEOs and executives on the path to CEO. CEO Genome Project explores paths and behaviors that lead to the top, typical setbacks first time CEOs encounter and ways to prevent them. Elena is a published author and frequent speaker at leading industry events on leadership, talent management, 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 client list 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 was a Corporate Finance Associate at Andersen Worldwide in New York and an Investment Officer with a private equity fund in Moscow, Russia. Elena is active in supporting non-profit institutions including Success Academy, Washington National Cathedral Schools, Partnership for New York City, 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 husband Carlos and sons Anton and Vasco.

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