Ms. Maria A. Bothwell
Independent Executive Advisor
Maria is an independent executive advisor serving business clients. She specializes in strategy development and alignment, business problem analysis and improvement planning, turn-around assessment, and executive coaching.
Through her experience leading multiple divisions and clients, she understands how to drive recognizable results, lead high performing teams, define and align business strategy, and grow businesses into new markets. Her passion is her clients and their customers - deliverying high-care service and advisory support which results in an enhanced customer experience and positive impact to the P&L.
Her background includes strategy development and execution, customer experience, business performance management, acquisition integration, and business transformation. She brings energetic leadership, candidness, and insight while maintaining a deliberate focus on results. She has worked in an array of industries including: Telecommunitations, Travel and Hospitality, Higher Education, Media and Entertainment, Utilities, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Government, and Non-profit.
Previously she served as Managing Director in North Highland Consulting, a global business consulting firm. In this role, she led the Media, Entertainment, and Communications Industry and served as President of New Ventures which involved business plan development, business launch, and business growth strategy for new businesses: NH Data and Analytics and NH Managed Services. As Division President, she led SparksGrove, a marketing agency, through the integration and turn-around following its acquisition by North Highland. She founded North Highland’s Washington DC Office and grew it into a thriving consultancy serving commercial and mission-based clients.
Prior to joining North Highland, Maria established new business partnerships with national communications and energy companies as Vice President of New Market Development for AllConnect, a communication, media and energy service provider. Prior to that, she served clients as Director of Integrated Customer Solutions for the Communications Industry at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and consulted with Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Early in her career she was a Manufacturing Engineer for Litton Industries, Poly-Scientific Division.
Maria holds a BS, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a MBA from Virginia Tech. She serves on the Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department, and has previously held board positions with other non-profits. She earned a certificate of cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, and volunteers as a chef feeding the homeless and hungry. She lives in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area with her husband and son.