Santa Clara University

Chris Bowers

Chris Bowers

Founder, CBC

Chris brings over 20 years' experience working with global high tech companies and start-ups on several continents. In his corporate career, he was an Officer at Applied Materials and a Partner at Hay Group. Chris now focuses his time and resources on early stage ventures.

In May 2012, Chris founded CBC - a company focused on philanthropy, consulting and angel investing. In early 2014 he founded a company in the Waste to Energy sector and was previously a Director and VP Marketing & Business Development for Scent Sciences.

Chris has provided pro-bono strategy consulting services to Second Harvest Food Bank, and mentors young entrepreneurs at SCU. He is a guest lecturer at SCU on strategy and a member of the Advisory Board of Santa Clara University Business School. Chris is also a Director of Solar Sister. He serves as an advisor to the Cancer Center Transformation program at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where he is also a member of the Cancer Council and the Patient Advisory Council.

Whilst at Applied Materials Inc, Chris worked closely with the CEO on business strategy, led a portfolio of corporate functions, and was heavily involved in the company's strategic transformation. As a Partner at Hay Group, Chris worked with CEOs of global corporations on strategy and transformation challenges. He served as Head of Business Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and was a member of the Global R&D Council.

Before entering the corporate world, Chris spent five years in the military, serving in the UK Special Forces. He received his MBA from Warwick Business School.