For over 25 years, Chris has been leading large and small high-tech companies operating in 8 broad industry sectors, including Aerospace/Defense, Life Sciences, Telecommunications, Transportation, Software and Clean-Tech. A specialist in software/IT disciplines, he is also highly skilled in change management and project management. Now an independent consultant in the M+A space, he has acted as strategic advisor to Canadian and US companies and conducted multiple turnarounds and restructuring engagements.
During a long career in high-tech industries, Chris has held several important executive leadership positions, including General Manager of a molecular diagnostics division of Bayer Inc, and VP and C-level positions in Aerospace companies. About 8 years ago, Chris made a transition into management consulting and has operated as an independent consultant/advisor, providing management consulting services supporting M+A activity for small-to-medium cap companies. He has specialized in high-tech engagements requiring due-diligence assessments and fast turnaround leadership expertise, taking companies through restructuring, refinancing and ultimately to exit. Example companies for which he took interim leadership roles include a year-long mandate as CEO of a Texas telecoms company, CEO of an Alberta solar energy company, CEO of an Alberta software company offering a SaaS product to the oil and gas industry, CEO and Board Chair for a BC-based digital rights software company and CEO of a Denver company producing a financial SaaS product – all of which had experienced slow growth for many years and for which the mandate was to quickly restructure and reposition the company for exit. Chris has also acted a business advisor for an array of different industry sectors including biotech, aerospace, materials science, energy, telecoms, cleantech, IT, etc.