1948 - 2020
Chris' mission was to anticipate and shape the future of business. He pursued this goal as an entrepreneur, executive, consultant, author, and the leader of a think tank.
He contributed immensely to the development of the fourth sector and played an instrumental role in the founding of the Fourth Sector Group, serving as one of its founding board members.
Based on the ideas in his book Future Wealth, Chris developed a plan for a business based on a network of thought leaders. He joined The Monitor Group in 2006 to develop this idea as Monitor Networks, where he was Chief Executive from 2004 to 2009. In 2006, he co-founded Monitor Talent, to take these ideas forward operationally. Prior to joining Monitor Group, he was the Director of the Center for Business Innovation at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. The Center fostered the conversation of leading issues among the business community, developed public conferences, established new services and businesses, and shared what it learned with business practitioners. At the CBI, he founded and served on the Board of the Bios Group, a venture that invested in applications of complexity theory to business. Earlier, he was a Vice President and Group Head at Mercer Management Consulting, founding the firm’s practice in the information industries, comprising telecommunications, hardware, software, and information services and media.
Chris published four books, including the BusinessWeek Best Seller Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy, Future Wealth, and It’s Alive: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology and Business. Standing on the Sun is listed by the Financial Times as a Best Business Book of the Year for 2012. Chris posts on the Harvard Business Review site, Huffington Post, and Constellation Research sites, and contributed to publications including Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Fast Company, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.
In addition to the Fourth Sector Group, Chris served on the Boards of the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation, the Business Innovation Factory, and the New Rep Theater, and the Advisory Boards of Innocentive and LaunchCyte. He earned BAs in both Mathematics and Economics from Brandeis University and a M.B.A. (with Distinction) from The Harvard Business School. In addition, he held a University Predoctoral Fellowship in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.