|Mr. Witt’s investment practice seeks value-capturing well positioned businesses within the ICT, communications & healthcare technology sectors, and built by experienced executives. His 15 years in line-level operations included management of acquisitions, distribution networks, marketing & sales, and strategic relationships. Chris brings an ability to assist Boards & Executives to sharpen their strategic focus, leverage the business into new markets, or commercialise research programs.
Recent success stories from The Kalori Group include medical software house Heath Communication Network (ASX: HCN), and world-class super capacitor maker Cap-XX (LSE AIM: CPX). Other investments include HostWorks, Body Online, Mobile Innovations, Just White Shirts, GoWireless and Unique Solutions Inc.
Mr. Witt has served on the Boards of numerous Australian and American companies as either Director or Alternate, including Brasserie Bread Ltd, Health Communication Network Ltd, CVC Private Equity, The American Club, Telebase Systems (acquired by Internet retailer CD Now), Digitran Corp (later NetMoves, Inc: NTMV-NASDAQ), and Unique Solutions Inc.
Prior to founding The Kalori Group in 1998, Chris served as General Manager, Radio Products Group with Motorola; previously, he served in a number of Senior Executive positions within Telstra, both in Australia and the United States; and he served regional Bell System telecommunications company Ameritech Corporation in Chicago.
Mr. Witt established the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of New South Wales in 2007, and was its inaugural Director until 2010. This teaching and research unit sought to provide experiential learning opportunities for students & researchers alike, and Mr Witt continues to serve on the CIE Advisory Board. Chris also teaches through the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), in Raising Capital (Part I & Part II). Before coming to Australia, he was a part-time lecturer in electrical engineering at DePaul University in Chicago. Mr. Witt is currently working on a book titled “The Blackjack Strategy: An Entrepreneur’s Notebook” for small business owners.
An MBA graduate from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Chris also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Northwestern in Chicago, where he grew up. He is presently a Fellow of the AICD, and holds dual Australian and American citizenship.
Chris and his family reside in Bronte near the beach in Sydney, and enjoys family outings, world travel, running, surf life saving, golf and sporting events at the Sydney Football Stadium & Cricket Ground. He also volunteers time as Board member of the American Club, and with the National Service Foundation.