Chris is Global Field CTO at Databricks and an experienced engineering executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record in the financial services industry and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Chris joined Databricks in January 2020 and in his role provides thought leadership and guidance for C-level executives at major customers around the world. From 2014 to 2020, Chris led Capital One's enterprise data transformation initiative and managed a 1,000-person data engineering team with a budget of $120MM+ to develop cloud-native solutions and platforms for streaming data, data lake, on-demand compute, data warehouse, data management, data governance, business intelligence, and machine learning. Prior to Capital One, Chris founded, led and successfully exited a software company after serving as its President and CEO from 2002 through 2014. He served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and the University of Virginia (UVa) and is a frequent presenter at major technology conferences.
Chris holds B.S. and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He also has a pilot's license, and flies a Cirrus SR22 in his spare time.