Group Chief People Officer
Former TOPGUN Pilot, Chris Severson, knows what it’s like to work in a high-stakes environment and he relishes it. As Group Chief People Officer, Chris brings his unique ability to inspire individuals and organisations to continuously improve their performance by uniting them with shared vision.
Previously Head of Strategy and Planning at Atlas Mara Ltd, a London Stock Exchange listed sub-Saharan African banking group, Chris was responsible for delivering strategies to increase revenue, create cost efficiencies, and lead change management functions, as well as being responsible for profit and loss and scale building in rapid growth markets. Before transitioning to Atlas Mara Ltd, he spent two years with Barclay’s Investment Bank as a Director where he was a founding member of the Chief Controls Office (COO) and worked with Management in NYC, London, Europe and Asia Pacific to drive risk culture change and develop high performance teams.
Chris hold MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School, a Masters in Operational Studies (Strategy) from the Marine Corps University, and a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School – TOPGUN and spent nearly 20 years in the United States Marine Corps.