Kris Downing

VP Commercialization & Innovation
Center for Creative Leadership

With over 20 years’ experience managing functions including corporate strategy, business planning, partnerships, and marketing at the Center for Creative Leadership, Kris leads the Commercialization and Innovation Group. She has extensive experience in analyzing markets, devising strategies, and implementing business plans with the reputation of being a realistic, results-oriented leader. As Vice President, Commercialization and Innovation (C&I), Kris and her team implement strategic innovation and product development initiatives across the organization. She ensures that CCL's pipeline of products, services, and experiences are delivering exceptional value for the leaders that CCL serves. In addition, she has responsibility for assessing, developing, nurturing and implementing enterprise-wide partnerships that align with CCL’s financial and impact goals. Kris is also a CCL coach and facilitates one-on-one 360-degree assessment debriefs as a part of other CCL leadership programs.



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