Chris Putur is a strategic business leader with over 25 years of experience driving revenue growth, improving customer experiences, integrating acquisitions, and reducing operating expenses in global retail and high tech companies. She is currently the Chief Information Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), the national outdoor retailer dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Ms. Putur joined REI in October of 2017 with the aim of utilizing technology to enable the next generation of outdoor experiences. Her responsibilities range from establishing the strategic direction for the technology organization to ensuring REI has a robust, secure environment for daily operations. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Information Services Group and speaks regularly at industry leadership forums. Previously Chris was the CIO for Coach. She joined Coach in 2013 and led the creation a multi-year investment plan to transform Coach’s core business processes and technical platforms from aged, geographically diverse solutions to a global, simplified, standardized, scalable foundation. Th program spanned the technology capabilities for unified commerce, merchandise planning, finance, supply chain, procurement and human resources. Additionally, she created a truly global IT organization and reduced annual operating costs while improving capabilities in critical areas such as the customer experience and cyber security. Prior to joining Coach, Chris was CIO for Staples, where she was responsible for global technology strategy and execution. During her tenure as CIO she was focused on transforming the organization from optimizing within each business unit to a global team focused on delivering the highest value for Staples. She originally joined Staples in 1999 as a leader on the Staples.com team and held numerous positions throughout IT prior to being appointed CIO in July 2011. Chris was a founding co-chair of the Framingham Women Who Lead resource group and was a Peak Personal Performance coach. Chris spent the first 15 years of her career at Digital Equipment Corporation and participated in the merger with Compaq. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Science and Math from Colby College and a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from the Boston University Graduate School of Management. Chris and her husband Steve have three daughters. She enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors running, biking, skiing, hiking or just enjoying the sunshine.