Christopher_vanderLugt

Christopher is an internationally experienced, cross-functional growth strategy professional with a robust understanding of corporate strategy and communication, as well as change and brand management. Christopher has deep experience in business growth, brand strategy and corporate communication and is an exceptionally articulate oral, as well as written, communicator and presenter. He boasts broad international business experience after having lived, and worked, in Switzerland and Luxembourg for 12 years. He speaks French as well as basic Dutch and German.


Background

A collection of brands that Christopher has worked on over the course of his professional career.

Christopher started his professional career in the footsteps of his father: in finance.  Wanting to join Fidelity Investments after a summer internship in Luxembourg (headquarters of Fidelity Worldwide Investment), Christopher opted to join State Street as an analyst.  Having always had an entrepreneurial tendency, Christopher found that his time at State Street was not as enjoyable as he thought it would be; after a year of excellent learning and networking at State Street he left and was one of the early employees of a small Boston start-up: CSN Stores, now known as Wayfair.  It was an exhilarating time of growth, responsibility and change which provided Christopher with invaluable insights into the retail, e-commerce and consumer analytics.

While at Wayfair, Christopher made contact with a former college friend who had moved to Washington DC to work at IBM Global Services.  She enticed him to apply for a position with the firm and months later Christopher had packed his belongings into his small car and drove to Washington DC to begin his career as a consultant for IBM. During his time at IBM Christopher worked in the defense sector and held a security clearance working for the US Army, the DLA, the US Air Force and the Department of Defense.   Ultimately, Christopher decided to transition off defense and gain broader industry exposure by working on projects for the New York Fire Department, a US telecom firm and a European Oil and Natural Gas company.  His final project was in global industry marketing for IBM's Software Group (SWG).

Following IBM, Christopher returned to Boston and attend business school.  During his two years at Northeastern University, Christopher held a strategy internship at global design firm Continuum, while also working full-time at NaviNet, a healthcare communications network in their product development group.

Upon completion of his MBA, Christopher found his next opportunity: Hill Holliday, the legendary, Boston-based advertising giant owned by The Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG).  While there he worked across clients such as: Novartis, Liberty Mutual and Dunkin Donuts, to name a few.

Currently Christopher works for DigitasLBi, an agency within the Publicis Groupe family of agencies; a French multinational advertising and public relations company.

Education

Christopher graduated from Bates College, with a degree in Comparative Politics and Pre Modern History.  During his time at Bates, Christopher researched and wrote about the lingering impacts of Iran's reconceptualization of its constitution during 1979 and 1989.  

About 5 years later, after working in finance in Boston and as an analyst and management consultant in Washington DC, he decided return to school and received his MBA from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business from Northeastern University in Boston.  

While in business school Christopher pursued a focus in entrepreneurship working with his team to build four successful proof-of-concept businesses.  Additionally, Christopher was a founding graduate member of IDEA, Northeastern's Venture Accelerator.  As a member of IDEA, Christopher coached many students with disruptive businesses and provided input on their funding through IDEA.

Patents

"Method and System for Implementing a Car Subscription Model Program"
Filed in the United States
Provisional Patent: 61/692,550

Specialties

Brand management, public relations, strategic communications, talent management, organizational behavior, process improvement, growth strategy and change management.

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