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Sarah Elk

Partner, Chicago

Operating model and retail expert with a proven track record in implementing transformations for large-scale multinational clients.

Biografie Sarah



  • Global leader of our Operating Model practice
  • Author of the upcoming Doing Agile Right book
  • Member of our global governance committee for compensation and promotion

Sarah Elk is a partner and the global leader of our Operating Model practice, as well as a core member of our Retail practice. She is based in Chicago.

With more than 20 years of consulting experience, Sarah is passionate about transforming large companies, especially those experiencing technology or business model disruption. She has deep transformation experience at the intersection of organization, Agile, performance improvement, leadership and change management.

Throughout her career, Sarah has advised business leaders across a wide range of industries, including retail, technology, healthcare, consumer products, automotive and aerospace and defense. Her client portfolio includes several Fortune 50 companies.

Sarah is the author of Doing Agile Right, published by HBR Press and available in May 2020. She is also a member of our global governance committee for compensation and promotion.   

Sarah began her career at Merck & Co., Inc., after earning her BS in environmental engineering from Northwestern University. She also holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

She has four children, loves wine and believes in possibility.

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