G. Christopher (Chris) Blauvelt is Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer of Innovara, Inc., a management development and strategic consulting company. Since joining Innovara in 1993, Mr. Blauvelt has provided international financial, research and marketing expertise supporting Innovara’s development into a leading global management and business development firm specializing in health care, financial services and related industries. Major projects that he has managed include the development of management and sales programs in key account management for major pharmaceutical companies, engineered learning programs, benchmarking best practices in the health care industry, and strategic business development reviews for major corporations interested in entering a specific market or industry.
Prior to joining Innovara, Mr. Blauvelt spent 15 years with the American Express Company. His responsibilities at American Express included:
- Vice President, Worldwide Consumer Card Marketing and Sales. Chris was responsible for working with senior management in the development of worldwide strategic marketing plans and major initiatives for the Office of the Chairman.
- Prior to this, Mr. Blauvelt was based in Asia for 6 years. He served as a Vice President in South Korea for 3 years where he was responsible for all aspects of payment systems including cardmember acquisition, travelers cheques, merchant sales and all marketing and sales activities.
- In Malaysia, he was Director of Marketing and Sales for American Express and was instrumental in the launch of several card products including the American Express Gold and Corporate Card products.
- Prior to going overseas, Mr. Blauvelt was a Director of Customer Service in New York where he was responsible for strategic planning and quality of service performance
Prior to joining American Express in 1978, Mr. Blauvelt was a manager with Citibank in consumer banking. Mr. Blauvelt also served in the American Peace Corps in Tamil Nadu, South India for two and half years.
Mr. Blauvelt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kenyon College and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from Columbia University. Mr. Blauvelt’s innovative and successful advertising work while at American Express has earned him CLIO and ADDY awards.
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