Chris Beck is the president of Caldwell’s executive search group and chief financial officer of the enterprise. Responsible for all financial and investor relations functions, he provides day-to-day leadership and management across the executive search and Caldwell Analytics businesses. His chief areas of focus are the firm’s growth strategies, processes and fostering a success-oriented environment inside the firm. He also leads Caldwell’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Chris joined Caldwell in 2013 as chief financial officer and corporate secretary and was additionally appointed chief operating officer in 2018 before becoming president of the executive search group in 2021. Based in Boston, MA, he has more than 25 years of experience with a successful track record of leading and managing operations, finance and accounting. His ownership and management of specific departments and functions include accounting, finance, human resources, strategic planning, business process improvement, information technology, and treasury.
Before joining Caldwell Partners in 2013, Chris was chief financial officer of BirdDog, a transportation business services company focused on providing solutions to both shippers and motor carriers. BirdDog, with its flagship parcel contract optimization services and its subsidiary Foley Services, was named to the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies for five consecutive years as well as Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list for four of the five years of Chris’ tenure.
From 2000-2007, Chris was chief financial officer at Highland Partners, a global executive search firm and a division of the public company Hudson Highland Group (formerly part of TMP/Monster Worldwide). From 1996-2000, he held various finance function roles at Alper Ink Group, including M&A, controllership and ultimately chief financial officer. He began his career in 1992 at Deloitte in the audit practice.
Chris is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).