Elena Lytkina Botelho is a Principal at ghSMART. The firm offers quality-guaranteed services in the areas of management assessment and leadership coaching. Elena’s clients include leading venture capital and buyout investors, hedge fund managers, and Fortune 500 senior executives. Prior to joining ghSMART, Elena was an Associate Principal at the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, where she advised CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and major private equity players on the issues of business strategy, organizational change (including CEO "First 100 days" plans), and acquisitions. 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 U.S. 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 has been active in pro bono work, including leading a McKinsey project for NYC to assist businesses affected by 9/11 events. Elena holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a CPA and received a BS in Accounting with Magna Cum Laude honors. Elena also completed 3 years at the Moscow State Pedagogical University majoring in Education, Russian language, and literature. Elena lives in New York City with her husband, Carlos.