“Chris is an accredited executive coach. His extensive experience as an entrepreneur, and in senior corporate management and board positions has informed his unique perspective and understanding on how individuals and teams develop enhanced leadership skills to deliver behavioural and organisational change.”
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As an entrepreneur, corporate executive and company director Chris has had experience of many industry sectors and organisational structures in Ireland and overseas.
Chris commenced his career in brand management in the USA. An exposure to advertising at that time through DDB on Madison Avenue sparked off a lifelong passion for creativity and media communication.
Cawley Nea Advertising was launched in 1992 and quickly gained a reputation for strategic insight and creative excellence. Under Chris’s leadership Cawley Nea became the most highly awarded and creatively successful advertising agency in Ireland.
Recognising the success of Cawley Nea, Omnicom Inc. (NYC) invested in the agency leading to the creation of Cawley Nea\TBWA in 2004. Chris maintained a leadership role as CEO at the agency in Ireland and also joined his international colleagues on executive management teams in the UK and Europe.
Through M&A and entrepreneurial start-ups Chris worked with his colleagues to establish a number of top tier companies in the media, production, creative and digital marketing sectors including E-Graphic, Agency.com and the OMG group of companies where Chris held a board position as a director and chairman.
Chris has campaigned and facilitated positive change and progression on a number of issues relating to social justice in Ireland. And throughout his career he has been a sought after commentator on advertising and marketing issues in the Irish media.
Chris is a fellow and past president of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI), and has served on committees contributing to best practice at The Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) and the Institute of Directors in Ireland (IOD).
Chris holds a professional certificate in coaching (PCC) from the Henley Business School and is on the MSc Leadership and Behavioural Change Master’s Programme there. Chris also holds a number of professional and academic qualifications including an MBA, Dip. Marketing (BA) and Silicon Valley certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of San Francisco.