chief innovation officer
Chris has responsibility for leading Welocalize global innovation initiatives, including technology solutions, research and development, as well as information technology. A Senior Executive at Welocalize, he works directly with the CEO to define growth strategies and operational planning to meet the organization’s targeted revenues and margins.
Chris is active in creating innovative solutions and deploying best practices to help Welocalize’s valued clients maximize operational efficiencies and achieve measurable results. He is vigorously involved in defining technology leadership and innovation, mergers and acquisitions, creating processes and standards to meet the business goals.
Chris originally joined Welocalize in 2002 through acquisition of a company he founded, GSSI. As Welocalize’s Chief Operations Officer, he strategically positioned the company to exceed all growth goals and become a forefront industry leader. He has managed sales, marketing, operations and designed million dollar annual revenue programs for technology, consumer, manufacturing business leaders. He established service models that enabled customer loyalty and 95% customer retention. He was contributor and author of multi-year and multi-million dollar selling strategies for Fortune 500 customers. He returned to Welocalize in 2013 to manage the North America.
With more than 15 years in senior leadership in the translation and localization industry, Chris has worked directly and consulting with the world’s leading global brands, including Google, MobilePaks/VIA, EAI Information Systems, Compli, Redbrick Networks, Microsoft, Concur, Ariba and others in achieving their globalization strategies and business goals.
Chris is based in Portland, Oregon. He is currently a Board Director and President of Mt Hood Ski Education Foundation. MHSEF is a 25-year-old non-profit athletic and academic organization with 85 athletes. He graduated from Linfield College and has a Sociology Bachelor of Arts degree.