Chris Blaxall joined Performance Horizon as CFO in early 2014 where he is responsible for all finance, HR and legal matters in addition to providing support across a range of commercial areas. His role also provides him the opportunity to help support the drive for the recognition of the tech industry in the north of England, in particular the North East. Over the previous 10 years, he was involved in a number of start-ups and technology oriented companies, including successfully selling his own startup to a major Publicly Limited Company.
Prior to his return to the UK in 2005, Chris spent 8 years in Sydney, Australia where he first developed the national private equity and M&A advisory business as a Deloitte partner, before he was headhunted into a global CFO role for a software business that was headquartered in Australia with extensive business in Asia, North and South America and Europe.
During his early career, he worked at Deloitte, 3i Group as well as a 3i-funded company (Phileas Fogg Snack Foods) that as CFO, he helped achieve a highly successful exit for all parties in a sale to a public company. Chris completed a mathematics degree from Imperial College, London, a masters degree in Astrophysics from Swinburne University, Melbourne and is a chartered accountant (associate of ICAEW).