HFS Core Team

Elena Christopher

Senior Vice President, Research

Elena Christopher is Senior Research Vice President, Industry Research and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) at HFS. Elena is responsible for driving the industry-specific research agenda for HFS, digging into the major trends impacting each in-scope industry and the implications for business process and IT services. Elena’s industry coverage areas are High-Tech, Banking and Financial Services and Telecommunications.


She additionally leads HFS’ coverage of robotic process automation (RPA) helping to identify and articulate the value proposition for this important change agent and its intersection with other emerging value levers.


Elena brings more than 20 years of IT and business process services expertise to HFS, having served as either an advisor or vendor partner for major clients in industries such as financial services, high-tech, communications, retail, automotive and energy. She most recently led Strategy & Portfolio for Conduent’s (formerly Xerox Services) Commercial business. Her previous roles include Managing Director, Research, Risk & Compliance at DTI where she built and ran their risk and compliance outsourcing practice; Vice President, Financial Services at Mobius Knowledge Services where she launched their Reference Data practice; Vice President, Research & Analytics at OfficeTiger/RR Donnelley, where she built one of the first successful offshore Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) practices; and Global Research Director, Gartner, where she provided research and advisory services to consumers and purveyors of IT and business process services.


Elena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology (cum laude) from Lewis and Clark College. She resides outside Washington, DC with her husband and two children. She is an avid runner, delights in cooking friends tasty food and traveling off the beaten path with her family.