Chris Deaton is an accomplished and dedicated strategic human resources professional and proactive business partner, with proven capabilities in assessing the strengths and areas of improvement of people and business operations; and in developing and implementing solutions linking people and performance to business needs and outcomes. He offers a unique blend of skills and expertise with 15+ years in human resources, built on 6+ years in finance and accounting.
Chris’ expertise include: values, vision and strategy development; planning and leading workforce change; leadership and staff coaching; effective communications – motivating and influencing; conflict management and resolution; building highly effective human resources and project/cross-functional teams; individual and team performance assessment; and, performance management. He enjoys wearing many hats simultaneously – while creating order out of chaos – often with a warped, satirical sense of humor.
He has held employee and consultant positions in fast-paced start-up, turnaround, merger & acquisition, and established environments in such industries as: high-tech (hardware and software); internet/extreme sports web productions; venture capital; manufacturing; media/technology; global weather and risk communications; and, not-for-profit.
Chris holds a BA in Social Studies with an emphasis in Humanities from the University of Tasmania, Australia; a Professional Development Certificate of Human Resources Management from the San Francisco State University of Extended Learning; and, has attained the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credentials from the Human Resources Certificate Institute.