Alpha Mengistu is a Principal of Blake Street Group, with expertise advising investors and operators on leadership assessment and selection, development and succession planning, and organizational review.
Previously, Alpha was with Green Peak Partners, specializing in leadership assessment and development within private equity portfolio companies. She then worked at Russell Reynolds Associates in a talent advisory capacity partnering with Fortune 500 clients in financial services and healthcare, along with emerging biotechnology businesses, on their most pressing leadership assessment and succession challenges. In addition, she worked with leaders to develop inclusive leadership skills and increase their ability to attract, develop and retain diverse talent.
Alpha began her career at Katzenbach Partners, a then boutique consulting firm with a focus on people and organizations.
After, she spent nearly a decade as a strategy and market P&L leader at Diageo and Unilever in the UK and Africa. At Diageo, the luxury spirits revenue in her market grew by 250% over 18 months, and in the subsequent 18 months, the size of the business grew by 50% through strategic key account development. At Unilever, she delivered 60% year on year growth across the portfolio.
Alpha earned a BA from University of Pennsylvania cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.