Leadership > Chris Barbin
Chris has been CEO of Appirio since its inception, guiding the technology-enabled services company to become one of the thought leaders in cloud computing. Chris brings extensive operations, consulting, professional and technical experience to Appirio, and has grown the company to more than 1,000 cloud experts across five global locations. He has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and has been recognized by the New York Times for his leadership philosophy.
Most recently, Chris has been appointed to the Bates College Board of Trustees as a representative of the technology, venture capitalism and financial services industries. He also recently accepted a board position with TechPoint, whose mission is to promote & accelerate the growth of Indiana’s tech community.
Previously Chris served as CIO and SVP of business operations at Borland Software, where he pioneered the company’s move to an on-demand IT applications architecture. Before becoming Borland’s CIO, Chris also served as the company’s SVP of worldwide services, managing and growing the company’s global consulting, education, and technical support organizations (organic and acquisition growth) by 45 percent between 2004 and 2006.
Prior to this, Chris was SVP of global customer services at webMethods, where he managed a team delivering services to over 1,000 customers running mission–critical integration applications. Chris also served as managing director of W.W. Grainger’s Consulting Services division, an early pioneer in e–commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and also studied at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.