Chris Matchan

Visiting Executive Fellow

Chris Matchan

Chris Matchan

Executive Education

Biography

Chris is a Visiting Executive Fellow of the Henley Business School; he has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and a career that spans over 20 years in the Line Management and Human Resources field.He spent his early career selling advertising space and then managed numerous sales teams within the Dutch Publishing House, VNU Business Publications. He moved into the field of Human Resources and spent 7 years in various UK based HR roles at ICL/Fujitsu before becoming HR Manager for the Middle East and Africa. He spent 8 years at Guinness as HR Director for United Distillers Asia in Hong Kong, HR Director for Australia in Sydney and finally HR Director for the International Region, before working on the change management process that brought Guinness and Grand Metropolitan together to form Diageo in 1997. He then spent 2 years as Head of Organisation Development at CitiBank in their Emerging Markets Division driving growth and change management processes for the bank before becoming Group HR Director of the Pentland Group, a FTSE 250 sports and fashion business and the original owners of Reebok. The Group currently manages brands such as Speedo, Berghaus, Lacoste, Kickers and Ellesse. Pentland privatised during Chriss 3 year tenure in the role and he then spent 2 years as Managing Director of KornFerrys European Search business before setting up his own HR consulting business in early 2003. Chris has worked on a wide range of faculty programmes at Henley including the Change Leadership programmes, Talent Management programmes, Strategic and Operational HR programmes and on general business/commercial programmes. He brings to the team a consulting background working with clients such as Carphone Warehouse, Scottish Courage, The Tussauds Group, PUMA, Columbia Sports, Britvic and the Grants Whisky Company to name but a few.