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Hortense de la Boutetière

Senior Partner, Paris
Leads McKinsey’s work in energy, utilities, construction, agriculture, chemicals, and basic materials in France

About Hortense

Passionate about high-level challenges for her clients, Hortense works to ensure the success of their environmental and digital transitions. Her expertise also includes transforming the culture and performance of organizations.

She assists companies in these sectors with their strategy and transformation projects, focusing on organizational and performance aspects. Her scope of action extends from the strategic repositioning of the company to the implementation of projects. She mainly advises large European industrial groups and assists them in all the regions in which they operate, especially in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Hortense also supports culture change and executive transitions across all sectors. She coaches top-teams on increasing their effectiveness by aligning around a shared strategic vision and improving the quality of their working dynamic. As part of this coaching, Hortense frequently supports executives transitioning to new positions. She leads executive-transition master classes, which have reached 100 executives taking on new roles, many in new sectors and geographies.


As you return from the summer break, can you lead toward a COVID-Exit?,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Transforming safety culture: Insights from the trenches at a leading oil and gas company,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Overcoming limiting mind-sets to improve safety,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Linking employee engagement to customer satisfaction at Starwood,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Celebrate mindsets that value the customer AND the employee,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Master these mindsets to enchant customers,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, January 2019

New leaders: Tap your team ASAP,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, October 2018

It really isn’t about 100 days,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Ascending to the C-Suite,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015

Past experience

BNP Paribas


L’École Polytechnique
MSc, science

National School Des Ponts Et Chaussées
MSc, engineering