Chris Scherer

Grand Rapids, MI
616.606.5900

chris@akela-partners.com

www.ceofocusmi.com

With over 25 years as a transformation Leader, Chris has added value and mitigated risk across borders, functions, levels, industries, and technologies by executing focused and system-wide programs. He has consistently delivered fast results in both failing and robust situations.

After completing a dual-degree Master’s program at Thunderbird and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, he joined Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Chicago. He then pursued his passion to work and travel internationally in Corporate Audit at Baxter International, Inc., performing application, audit, financial, operational & plant reviews (in Latin America, Europe and the US) to identify issues and provide solutions to management.

He then joined what is now S&P Global in Business Decision Support for Global Financial Shared Services where he identified operational improvements with finance, sales, operations and technology customers around the world. This led to a move to Human Resources (HR), as Director of Risk & Process Management, advising and leading all aspects of HR risk management.

In 2009, he joined a boutique management consulting firm with roots from Arthur Andersen. He not only helped to grow a start-up (from 10 to over 100 employees), but also to lead multiple teams in non-labor cost reduction, compliance, & process improvement efforts at Fortune 500 companies, delivering over $250 million in savings, consistently gaining executive-level support and building teams empowered to drive results.

Chris was a founding member of a non-profit whose mission is to build a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. When his wife had the opportunity to work remotely, they moved back to Michigan to be near family. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling (on and off-road) and traveling with his wife and pets in their RV.