Chris leads the venturing arm of Citi Ventures. His team identifies emerging new market growth areas, develops new venture concepts in and across these areas, and launches disruptive new corporate ventures in pilot markets globally.  Through partnerships with VCs, the team invests in start-ups that are at the leading edge of new business models and technologies.  Prior to joining Citi in 2007, Chris held several senior leadership positions at Target over a 12-year period, with results ranging from delivering substantial operations savings to heading some of the largest merchandising departments.  Chris started his professional career as a corporate lawyer representing Fortune 100 companies across a variety of areas with a specialty in debt and equity based transactions.  Chris has a BA in French and Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a JD from the University of Minnesota.  Chris is an avid sailor and enjoys singing as well. Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, and governments with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, global transaction and wealth management services.