Savvy Leader of IT Turnarounds, Transitions, and Transformations


Chris Kohn

Leadership Roles

  • Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
  • Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer – Macmillan
  • Director, Data Products Development – Reed Business Information
  • Director, Systems Development – Cendant
  • Director, Systems Development – Penguin Group USA

Chris joined Fortium Partners as a strategic leader and tactical expert on IT turnarounds, transitions, and transformations. He instills a process orientation, teamwork, and systems thinking as he drives IT strategy to support profitable growth across the enterprise. His ability to leverage the usage of new technology is matched by attention to governance, security, and cost control. A hands-on executive, Chris has a deep understanding of business operations and valuable experience driving change management initiatives. His project management knowledge helps guide enterprise level activities in application, software, and product development to successful completion. He has more than 25 years of global experience in the publishing, distribution, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.

As a COO of a multi-national enterprise, Chris led the newly formed global IT business operations and aligned multiple divisional IT groups under a unified global technology division consolidating fiscal and back-office operations. He entered this role after serving seven years as CIO at the company.  In his CIO role, he held costs down to 6% annual increases over three years while supporting revenue growth of 12%.  Additionally, Chris turned around e-product development for a major business unit in just 12 months, implemented the company’s security program and processes, and developed a strategic global virtualization initiative covering 95% of servers, saving nearly $2 million in the first 12 months.

At Fortium Partners, Chris has managed multiple fractional and interim engagements with notable success. His practice also includes IT assessment projects, mentoring plans for CIOs and IT leaders, and ERP program management.

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics from Rutgers University. At George Washington University, he earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Investments. He later earned a graduate certificate in project management from Stevens Institute of Technology. Chris has served as an Executive Board Member for the Society of Information Management (SIM). In his spare time, he enjoys travel and rebuilding classic cars.

Fortium Engagements

  • Chief Technology Officer (Interim) – National Health Services Company
  • Chief Information Officer (Fractional) – National Insurance Services Firm
  • Chief Information Security Officer (Interim) – National Health Services Organization
  • ERP Program Management – International Nonprofit in Disease Research