President, Speyside Corporate Relations
Chris began his career in the London agency world within a private consultancy specializing in C-suite issues management consultancy. In 1999, he relocated to Central Europe, where he was based variously in Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Istanbul, Moscow and Warsaw, playing a key role in establishing and growing Mmd, the largest emerging markets corporate communications consultancy of the times. Throughout this time, Chris combined a lead management and operations role with that of client counsel to a number of major investors into the region, within the energy, financial and healthcare sectors in particular.
Chris became CEO of Mmd in 2009, steering it through its sale to Huntsworth plc, where he became a Board member of the international agency created by the merger of Mmd with two Huntsworth stable mates. In 2011, he departed for Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, where he joined the EMEA leadership team, directly managing a cluster of EMEA markets and personally establishing the firm’s ground-up office in Istanbul. In parallel, Chris has advised a number of start-up and second-phase growth companies in areas as diverse as data science, marketing and communications and recruitment technology. He has been a regular speaker at a wide range of events across emerging markets in Europe and further afield about the particular communications and outreach challenges facing MNCs in fast-moving, complex and often opaque business environments.
Chris joined Speyside in January 2016 both to consolidate our growing regional position within Latin America and to build on our client-led growth into other markets, most notably Central Europe, Eurasia and sub-Saharan Africa.
A British citizen, Chris graduated in economics and is married with two children. He splits his time currently between London, Central Europe and Africa.