Elena Christopher is a Research Leader at HFS. Elena leads HFS' coverage of banking and financial services (BFS) informed by more than two decades of collaboration and advisory work with financial services firms across banking, capital markets, and regulatory compliance. Her industry alignment is complemented by her emerging technology coverage of Triple-A Trifecta change agents—AI, automation, and smart analytics. Elena helps HFS maintain its position as the strongest impact thought leader for business operations and IT services research.
Elena brings more than 25 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.