Botelho McNabb

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Elena Botelho

bestselling author and Partner at ghSMART

Bill McNabb

former Chairman and CEO, Vanguard


Video is available for members-only two weeks after the event date


Elena Lytkina Botelho

Elena has been a Partner at ghSMART since 2007. She is a highly sought after advisor for leading CEOs, boards, and investors globally. Elena initiated and co-leads The CEO Genome Project® featured in a cover article of Harvard Business Review and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller book The CEO Next Door. The CEO Genome Project® is an extensive research and client practice supporting CEOs, executives on the path to CEO, and boards managing all stages of CEO succession. The research explores paths and behaviors that lead to the top, typical setbacks CEOs encounter and ways to prevent them. This research and insights have been featured in leading CEO forums, on TEDxUPenn,, other major media and conferences.

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 actively supports non-profit institutions including Social Finance, Washington National Cathedral Schools, The Economic Club of New York, 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.

Bill McNabb

F. William McNabb III is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Vanguard. He joined Vanguard in 1986. In 2008, he became chief executive officer; in 2010, he became chairman of the board of directors and the board of trustees. He stepped down as chief executive officer at the end of 2017 and as chairman at the end of 2018. Earlier in his career, he led each of Vanguard's client-facing business divisions.

Mr. McNabb is active in the investment management industry and served as the chairman of the Investment Company Institute's board of governors from 2013 to 2016. A board member of UnitedHealth Group, IBM, Axiom, and Duff & Phelps, he is also chairman of Ernst & Young's Independent Audit Committee.

He is a board member of CECP: The CEO Force for Good, a board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership, and the chairman of the board of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia.

In addition, Mr. McNabb is the executive in residence at the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute at the LeBow College of Business and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. He is a senior fellow of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. He also serves on the Dartmouth Athletic Advisory Board.

Mr. McNabb earned an A.B. at Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Download Transcript