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Maria Carolina Helo


Maria Carolina Helo


Leads McKinsey’s Organization Practice in Colombia, working with clients across Spanish Latin America to strengthen their corporate governance, organizational and financial performance, and leadership and management capabilities

Maria Carolina is a partner based in McKinsey’s Bogotá office. She leads our Organization Practice in Colombia and serves clients across the whole of Spanish Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Panama and Peru.

Maria Carolina brings deep expertise in designing and implementing new corporate governance models, organizational structures and systems, and capability-building programs. She also works with clients to shape the organizational change needed to support financial transformations.

Examples of her recent work include the following:

  • leading the design of a corporate governance model for a Latin American financial group, focusing on its processes for evaluation, succession, and management of high-potential talent
  • helping strengthen the corporate governance model of a major business group in Colombia, including the management of its board of directors and the structure and functioning of its corporate committees
  • working with an oil company in Latin America to shape and implement a corporate academy to develop leadership and technical skills across its management cohort
  • supporting the organizational component of a financial transformation for a leading company in the region—including organizational design, capacity development, and change management

Outside of work, Maria is passionate about choral music. She was a member of the choir of the University of the Andes, the university’s alumni swing choir, and Net Present Vocals—the MBA choir of New York University.

Published work

Craftsmanship: The key to developing talent in an agile organization,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Past experience

Banco de la República
Risk analyst


Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

University of the Andes
BS, industrial engineering