Chris Bene has over 20+ years experience in corporate finance, merger integration and change management having worked for and advising clients in strategy, growth, and operational excellence. Accomplished global transformation executive focused on improving business performance through customer-centered process solutions (Lean Six Sigma), strategic program management (PMO), and bringing together operations and technology platforms.
In 14 years at GE in financial services executive positions as Sales Leader, Chief Operating Officer, Merger Integration Leader, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he helped GE’s Money (Tokyo, Japan) & Genworth Insurance business units grow and save more by leading many transformative operational best practices throughout Europe, Asia, and the US.
As an Operating Partner in a leading Private Equity firm in Tokyo, Japan, Chris worked with over 20 portfolio companies with enterprise values between $50MM and $4BN, representing consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing, IT, Steel, and Precision instruments. Chris speaks basic/conversational Japanese as well as German and English.
Recently, he helped a global, publicly-traded $1.6 billion gaming client complete a merger integration, leading to $100MM savings. He strengthened BSA/AML process for a large commercial bank, and created a Board approved 3 yr. road map for a Med. Tech. company.
Chris received his certification as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt from GE in 2001, earned his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and his BA from Skidmore College.