1979 - BA in Liberal Arts, LeMoyne, College, Syracuse, NY. (USA).
After graduating, Chris started his career in sales. In 1981, he joined Robertshaw Controls Company holding several positions over a 12 year period including International Sales Manager from 1984 to 1986 where he spent significant time overseas in Europe and Asia. Robertshaw Controls was purchased by Siebe plc in 1986 and later merged with Barber Colman. Siebe would later be known as Invensys and ironically, the portion of Invensys that Chris started his career is now part of Schneider Electric Building Automation Division (TAC). In 1993 Chris joined Square D as Director of National Accounts and worked with his global counterparts to develop what ultimately became the SGBD organization.
In February of 1994 he moved to Raleigh as Industrial Marketing Director. In 1995 he was regional sales vice president. In 1996 he went back into marketing as the OEM Director and led the team to a high growth performance which led to his appointment as Vice President of Marketing for the U.S. in 1998. In 2002 Chris went to Canada as President for one year coming back to the U.S. in 2003 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Services. In 2006, Chris was appointed President of Schneider Electric U.S. and in 2008 President and CEO of Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. In the fall of 2008, Chris added the responsibility of the Buildings and Renewable Energy activity globally to his duties.
In October 2009, Chris Curtis is appointed Executive Vice-President of the Power North America and the Buildings Business.
Chris is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association Midwest affiliate and serving last year as the Co-Chair of the largest Heart Association fundraising effort in the U.S. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) and just joined Global 50 (www.w50.com).
Finding balance in work, family and self activities, building high performance teams and executing business strategies that lead to a differentiated market position. Open and honest communication, committment and a desire to continuously improve.
Politics, bad attitudes.
Larry Bossidy, Arnold Palmer.