Chris Salis – Startup Advisor and Business Strategy Consultant

Startup Advisor

Chris Salis is a knowledgeable and experienced startup advisor. He provides his crucial advice and insights to the new startups for a great start in the industry. His financial guidance helps to grow a venture into a thriving company.

Often his network connections and expertise in SAP helped companies to tackle various financial problems. He overwhelmingly focuses on his clients by tracking their business’ metrics effectively.  His expert assistance has helped in raising 7x more financial profits of new business startups.

Most of the time, new ventures and first-time entrepreneurs lack credibility, which can be an obstacle in front of a business’s growth. Chris Salis is the man who helps in boosting a startup’s credibility with his technical knowledge and trustworthy insights.

Chris not only helps in providing startup advice but also helps in managing and strengthening the team. This helps in bringing a lot of authenticity to a business. He always cautions his clients before making costly business decisions.

Procurement Manager

Chris Salis completed his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, US. After completing his education, he immediately joined Adecco Employment Services, which is the leading provider of HR solutions in the world.

His positions at Adecco Employment Services:

  • IT Procurement Manager
  • Senior IT Buyer
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager

His achievements at the company:

  • He managed the IT Procurement Program for global corporate operations and almost 700 branch locations.
  • He controlled the selection and management process of the IT supplier base.
  • He managed contract negotiations, strategic partners, and vendors.

Chris’ diligent efforts triggered a full transformation of Adecco’s employment process.

After a successful journey at Adecco, he left the company to apply his innovative approach and insights at Gap, Inc. He served as a Manager of Strategic Sourcing. Later, he worked at eBay as a Manager of Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, and Operational Excellence. His work helped in streamlining operations and improving the efficiency of the company.

A Strategic Leader & Product Manager

In 2006, Chris’s experience and leadership skills allowed him to join Business Objects, an SAP company. The company specializes in business intelligence and enterprise software services.

His positions at Business Objects:

  • Senior Manager of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
  • Senior Director of Global Go-to-Market Process and Product Management
  • Executive Director and Chief of Staff-Office of the CEO

His achievements at the company:

  • He helped in setting CEO and executive leadership priorities for SAP’s Analytics and Technology Portfolio.
  • He managed day-to-day operations of SAP’s Ecosystem and Partner Organization.
  • He handled SAP Corporate Development and M & A.
  • His global forecast calls ran for +$1B division.
  • He owned C-level sales engagement after the merger of BusinessObjects and SAP.

Business Manager

After the merger of Business Objects and SAP, Chris Salis was offered the position of Vice-president at Palo Alto, CAbranch of SAP

His positions at SAP:

  • Vice-president and Head of Global Sales, Line of Business Solutions for procurement
  • Global Vice-president and General Manager, Line of Business Solutions for Procurement.
  • Global Vice-president and Head of Portfolio Go to Market

His achievements at the company:

  • He reversed the declining revenue of the company.
  • He achieved the highest line of business quota in 2010-11.
  • He helped in generating 4x SaaS revenue growth.
  • He helped in generating 300% revenue growth in 2011.
  • He launched SAP sourcing which became the first successful offerings of SaaS.
  • He assembled a strong global team of product managers.
  • His framework helped in the engagement of SAP Agile methodology.
  • His strategy led to the acquisition of Ariba for $4.3B in 2012.
  • He became the leader of Ariba post-merger.
  • His strategy helped in growing SaaS revenue to 75%.
  • He launched new business models with his ground-breaking innovations.
  • He commercialized the SAP Digital Business unit.

Chris Salis’s Personal Life

Christopher Salis is a popular name in the tech industry. His twenty years of experience have helped him in succeeding as an SAP specialist.

Throughout his career, he has worked with many teams by encouraging his peers’ strengths to get the best out of them. He firmly believes that the employees or co-workers are the most valuable resources of a company.

Apart from his professional life, Chris is happily married and has two young sons. He lives with his family in San Mateo, California.