Elena L. Botelho

ghSMART: Partner

Elena L. Botelho has advised more than 200 CEOs and boards over nearly two decades, first as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and currently as a partner at ghSMART.

She leads extensive ghSMART research on first time CEOs globally in partnership with leading academics at the University of Chicago, NYU, and SAS Inc. 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. She is a member of the McKinsey M&A Integration council – an invitation-only working group of M&A integration leaders from major corporations.

Prior to joining ghSMART, Elena was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company. 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 and family.