Elinor L. Hoover is the Chairman of the Global Consumer & Retail Group in Citi's Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory (BCMA) division. She advises leading businesses within the food and beverage, household and personal care, and beauty industries. In addition to leading coverage of a number of long-standing consumer clients, she oversees Citi's Consumer Tech initiative, working with disruptive and high-growth clients in the consumer, retail and technology sectors. At Citi, she previously served as Global Co-Head of the Consumer Products Investment Banking Group, Global Co-Head of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group, and Vice Chairman of the Capital Markets Origination division in addition to leading the North American BCMA division's Diversity Committee. American Banker has honored Elinor as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Finance" for the past seven years consecutively.
Elinor began her investment banking career at CS First Boston, later joining The Blackstone Group, where she specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. She then joined Morgan Stanley's Fixed Income division, where she was responsible for building the firm's corporate derivatives business globally. A pioneer in global corporate derivatives, Elinor was soon after appointed Head of Morgan Stanley's Corporate Fixed Income Capital Markets and Co-Head of Fixed Income Capital Markets before being named Vice Chairman of Global Capital Markets. She joined Citi in 2011.
Renowned for her creative, strategic innovation and global perspective, Elinor is the architect of numerous client initiatives, including the annual Citi Consumer Disruptive Growth Conference, which has significantly expanded Citi's client coverage model to include many emerging, high-growth companies at the cross section of consumer and technology and has led to numerous equity capital markets and M&A opportunities.
Elinor currently serves as Chair of the Board of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center. She received a BA with honors from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. An avid musician, she studied piano and graduated from The Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division.