Founder and CEO
Ben was a managing director at World 50, a company that connects the senior-most executives at leading companies with their peers, and with thought leaders who can help these executives through their most difficult challenges. At World 50, Ben has a client list that includes over 160 global heads of strategy and innovation for the world’s largest and most well known companies. Many of the challenges that Ben assists with are related to agility, innovation, risk management and planning in uncertain environments. The concept of CHi was ultimately born out of Ben’s conversations with these executives. Ben started his career as an entrepreneur, focusing on the intersection of technology and real estate, before transitioning into management consulting.
Chief Operating Officer
Florian Selch has spent his career leading innovation projects at NASA, Carnegie Mellon University, early-stage technology start-ups, and private as well as public corporations in Europe and the USA. Through his experience working on two space-flown missions, AI-powered chatbots, eCommerce, logistics, and consumer brands, Florian is uniquely equipped to navigate the myriad of challenges when launching and managing strategic initiatives. He is particularly interested in bridging operational, cultural, and communication misalignments at the intersection of business and innovation.
At CHi, Florian manages the people, systems and processes that enable the scaling of operations.
Chief of Staff
Rachel has spent most of her career as Chief of Staff and Senior Membership Services Associate to two business units at World 50 – one that serves Chief Supply Chain Officers and one that serves Chief Strategy Officers. In these roles, she has coordinated countless complex events, facilitated introductions and executive connections, and managed a team of junior resources in aligning research efforts, event production, and the development and support of the executive communities.
At CHi, Rachel researches and analyzes opportunities within system-level and industry-level innovation, manages operations and business development activities, and coordinates logistics for future events.
Chief Financial Officer
Chris’ financial career has spanned more than two decades and has included roles at firms involved in both buying and selling debt investments. Chris was formerly a Senior Director and member of Credit Committee at JMP Credit Advisors, a manager of corporate debt portfolios. While at JMP Credit Advisors, Chris’ responsibilities including analyzing, underwriting and managing a portfolio of senior and junior lien leveraged loans across various industries, and voting on new investments in the portfolios. Prior to JMP Credit Advisors, Chris was a Vice President in Debt Capital Markets at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where his responsibilities included raising senior and junior debt for corporate clients.
At CHi, Chris is responsible for finance and accounting.
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