Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Chief Financial Officer at Managed by Q

Chris Davis is the Chief Financial Officer for Managed by Q.  Chris joined Managed by Q before the Series A and he has led the effort build a trusted financial structure for Q.  Most recently, Chris was the Chief Operating Officer for Open Road Media, a start-up in the book publishing/media industry.  Open Road was founded to leverage a loophole in publishing contracts that allowed authors of previously published books retain their eBook rights.  Open Road acquired those rights and re-launched older authors and their work with a new online brand profile.  In three years, Open Road published over 10,000 eBooks including the works of Pat Conroy, Alice Walker and William Styron.  During his tenure, he led the efforts in raising one venture capital equity round and one venture capital debt round for the company.

Before Open Road, Chris was the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for AOL/The Huffington Post Media Group.  During his tenure with AOL, he assisted with the integration of The Huffington Post into AOL and the development of financial and business operational processes for the news organization within AOL.  Prior to the acquisition of The Huffington Post by AOL, Chris was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations for The Huffington Post.  Chris joined The Huffington Post when it had less than 10 employees and during his 6-year+ tenure, he managed the Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Operations and Analytics departments.  In addition, Chris managed three venture capital equity rounds, one venture capital debt round and played in integral role during the eventual sale of the company to AOL for $315M.

Prior to joining The Huffington Post, Chris served in a senior finance role at a number of start-ups in New York City.  He was the Vice President of Finance and Operations for Exhale, a high-end spa and exercise studio having multiple locations through the US.  While at Exhale, Chris reorganized its Accounting and Finance departments, assisted with the launch of 7 new locations and completed the acquisition and conversion of two competitors.  Prior to his tenure with Exhale,   Chris served as the CFO/COO for Madstone, a film production, distribution & exhibition company.  When Chris joined Madstone, its business model was in its incubation period and Chris assisted the founders with the design and implementation of the strategy and business model.  He also managed all of the finance and operations of the company through its expansion to theatrical film production and the opening of 9 movie theaters in the US market.  Before joining Madstone, Chris was the Financial Director for the independent film production company, Good Machine, where he managed the finance and operations and assisted in the company’s expansion into the international sales market.

Before his start-up experience commenced, Chris worked for Coopers and Lybrand Consulting.

Chris received his BS in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Transformations for Businesses: Driving Inclusion in the Tech and Startup Space

Auditorium, Lerner Hall

The tech and startup world has often been criticized for failing to be inclusive — from whom it employs to whom its products serve. This panel invites innovators from Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley to discuss the ways their organizations are disrupting the exclusive archetypes of tech companies. Featured groups are promoting access to the tech world […]