Chris is a strategy consultant with more than 15 years’ experience in rapid growth markets.
He has held executive roles in multiple countries including VC-backed start-ups, a PE-owned property developer and a multinational non-profit. Most recently, Chris served as Chief Commercial Officer for Vietnam-based CoderSchool, accepting the role just prior to the global Covid-19 outbreak. Supporting the CEO/Founder, he spearheaded CoderSchool’s pivot from offline training provider to become the leading online technology training provider in Vietnam, positioning the company for a successful $2.5M Series A financing in June 2021.
Chris previously worked in Shanghai, China for over a decade before relocating to Vietnam where he is currently based. Chris holds an MBA with finance concentration from CEIBS/London Business School and a BA in Philosophy from Mount Allison University.
Why Next Level Communication?
I joined Next Level Communication because I felt strong values-based alignment with the founding team. I had been contributing from the periphery since the company’s inception. When the time came, and the timing was right, I leapt at the chance.
Tell us about your personal communication journey.
I grew up as a third-culture kid and have lived in six countries on four continents.
Although I am proficient in Mandarin and attended a French-speaking middle school, languages are not a particular talent or passion of mine. I believe the biggest barriers to effective communication are rather insufficient empathy and lack of cultural literacy. The development of these skills has been both pleasurable and enriching in my life.
Over the years I have evolved to become a natural mediator and a willing risk-taker. These serve as continuous pathways of growth in my life.
What are your interests outside of work?
I am a competitive chess player and a lover of all form and manner of sporting endeavors.
What is something about you that people may not know?
I failed Calculus 1 in my first semester of university despite acing Calculus 2 and linear algebra while in high school.
What are some growth or learning goals that you are working on?
I have recently become a first-time parent. Have you ever tried operating one of those milk bottle sterilization machines?
I will be compensating for deficiencies in my home economics education for years to come.