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Chris Millington

Chris' true passion has always been for people and organizational development. Organizational transformations have been his focus for many years." Leading from Every Seat" is his mantra. Without empowered people very little success can be anticipated from technology organizations. Chris has extensive experience with a broad and varied suite of coaching and development tools.

Chris served McDonalds Corporation as global CTO for twelve years. Chris' global responsibilities included Infrastructure Operations, Strategy, Architecture, Outsourcing Relationships, Supplier and Vendor Management, I/T Procurement and CORE Business Application Solutions. Chris transformed his organization into a trust based team, focused on open honest communications, treating all people with respect and dignity, valuing the differences by leveraging the strengths of each individual and creating an environment owned and lead by the team.

Chris retired from McDonalds in 2010 and formed Top-Down Leadership Consulting, LLC. The focus of the firm is Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, I/T Organizational Transformations and Outsourcing Organizational Transitions.

Chris's forty years of experience includes senior I/T leadership roles in financial services, computer services, and manufacturing, distribution, and telecommunications industries with companies such as American Express and Avnet Computer. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. These experiences have given Chris broad insights into leadership development and organizational transformations.

Chris has served on many industry leading I/T executive boards and customer advisory councils. He currently serves on the Northern Illinois University Experiential Learning Center's Advisory Board, and was awarded the NIU Honorary Alumni for The College of Business in 2010.

He and his wife, Lorraine, reside in Algonquin, Illinois. Chris has three adult children and four grandchildren.

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