About Christian McMahon

Christian McMahon FBCS CITP FIoD is a Transformational CIO, Global Business Leader and Change Agent with a rare blend of global board level Corporate IT, Digital Leadership & Start-Up experience with a notable background in driving digital business transformations and change initiatives in complex stakeholder environments that:

  • Elevate business performance, improve operational efficiencies and facilitate new and innovative business models
  • Take a 360-degree view of the business to find new ways of applying technology and digitising core processes
  • Build innovative, revenue generating digital products and services that provide compelling customer experiences
  • Create ‘continuous delivery’ working cultures, align organisational change & build sustainable competitive advantage
  • Transform the customer experience through improved interaction & engagement leading to more compelling products
  • Identifies, nurtures and develops new technology that creates business value and spurs innovation across the enterprise
  • Equip leaders with the right data and tools to strengthen their decision-making capabilities

Christian has been recognised as an influential expert and leader in digital transformation by HP Enterprise and Cisco.

Christian is expert in introducing new technologies and standards into an evolving systems environment including new platforms and cloud services whilst ensuring the IT infrastructure meets the current and future needs of the organisation. He is an engaging blend of highly developed people skills, cultural dexterity and progressive digital thinking with significant experience in Agile product and roadmap development, building Innovation Labs and implementing Centres of Excellence.

Christian is a trusted advisor, adept in rapidly developing and maintaining strategic relationships with key stakeholders. Able to quickly understand, shape and prioritise business critical issues and accomplished in translating them in to pragmatic solutions. Christian is a strategic thinker who can translate vision in to action, conceptualise new products and develop creative ways to use technology to solve business problems and drive innovation.

Christian is highly skilled in strategy formulation and implementation including delivery of programmes such as:

  • Conducting a full systems, platform and process audit to provide a consolidated and fully costed technology roadmap
  • Establishing strategic frameworks and scalable infrastructure to lead companies through global expansion
  • Constructed a PMO, implemented Agile, validated & prioritised projects to align to commercial goals of the organisation
  • Implementing robust & effective system portfolios, standards, business processes & services that support global orgs
  • Outsourcing: Strategy, SLA Monitoring & Contract Management, Managing Vendor Relationship, Operational Delivery
  • Building Corporate Innovation Labs: Industrialising products, constructing ROI frameworks and creating scalability

As well as his work at the European Commission where he advises them on €multi-billion technology investment, funding and innovation programmes across multiple sectors, Christian is also an expert advisor selecting start-ups for the annual intake and awards in the MassChallenge Accelerator Program as well as providing hands-on mentoring to founding CEOs and their teams in a variety of industries across the global intake (US/UK/Switzerland/Israel/Mexico). MassChallenge is the largest-ever start-up accelerator and competition with intakes from over 75 countries, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Christian also provides hands-on mentoring at PWC’s IncuBus Ventures to entrepreneurs and founding CEOs across a variety of industries especially around innovation, strategy, product development, technology, business development and investor relations.

Christian is a highly respected CIO and Digital ‘thought leader’ with significant social influence who has forged strong relationships with the worlds leading firms, advising them on shaping their marketing, technology, product and digital strategies to better engage with and add value to their clients.

Christian has extensive board level private, public & non-profit sector experience in multiple industries across EMEA, US, LATAM & APAC including:
• Member of executive team that took a global consulting firm through an AIM listed IPO at 130p & ‘all cash’ exit 1 year later at 300p
• Significant M&A background – 23 global integrations with combined revenue of £1b
• Setting & Managing Budgets >£200m
• Building and leading large-scale strategic outsourcing, offshoring and shared service initiatives >£100m
• IT sourcing strategies: Driving value for money by continuously improving and re-evaluating purchasing activities
• Increasing reach & engagement with smart digital investment: online, mobile, social, eCommerce, Big Data
• Enterprise infrastructure design, architecture, security, big data, risk, governance & business continuity
• Cloud: Private/Public/Hybrid/AWS/Azure/Salesforce/Google/Office 365
• Strategically up-skill, attract & source talent : leading multicultural, geographically diverse teams >500 in over 70 countries across 6 continents

Prior to founding three25, Christian was Managing Partner – Board & CIO Advisory at Jamaza and before then held the position of Global Group CIO for a number of organisations including the leading provider of asset management services GoIndustry-DoveBid plc and the highly respected analyst and consulting firm Ovum plc.

Thought leadership:
– Recently awarded status of Top Social CIO for 2015 by the Huffington Post
– Judge and Mentor in the MassChallenge Accelerator Program
– Mentor at IncuBus Ventures
– Member of Awards Judging Panel – Datacloud Global Congress & Exhibition
– Regular collaboration with Samsung  – click here to see a video of my panel appearance at a Samsung client event
– Regular collaborator & featured panelist for EMC events – click here for info about the next event
– Expert CIO ‘Thought Leader’ for recent collaboration with Symantec – read my Forbes article here
– Member of Advisory Board for CIO Today UK Magazine – click here for detail
– Member of IBM VIP Influencer Programme

– Featured CIO Contributor on the Intel IT Peer Network – link here (registration may be required)
– Featured CIO contributor on the HP Enterprise Services ‘Business Value Exchange’ platform – read my contributions here
– Awarded Fellowship and Chartered IT Professional Status (FBCS CITP) by the board of the British Computer Society
– Awarded Fellowship Status (FIoD) by the board of the Institute of Directors