Chris Mailander is the CEO of Ironheart Corporate Advisory. He has 25 years of experience as a CEO, technology executive, international M&A lawyer, Big Five management consultant, and vice president of a global PR agency.
He is also the creator of the Ironheart Intensive workshop and Ironheart Code Breaker course for corporate executives, managers and change-makers.
Chris was a founder, chief corporate affairs officer and later chief executive officer of a San Francisco-based healthcare technology company serving more than 3M patient lives in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business. Chris led the tax-free spin-out of the company from a Silicon Valley physician network owned by HCA (second largest U.S. health system), stand-up of all corporate operations (including banking, finance, accounting, human resources, recruiting, legal, real estate and operations); capitalization by Anthem, Inc. (the largest U.S. health insurer), re-positioning as an integrated care management provider, re-platforming to a SaaS delivery and revenue model, tripling the size of the organization, and increasing enterprise value by 10x from the original spin-out to its capitalization.
Today, Chris is actively engaged in a variety of corporate development initiatives, including sitting on the board of directors of an environmental start-up; the advisory board of a data analytics/artificial intelligence company focused on climate change and the financial markets; the development of a new platform for delivering heightened sensory experiences in the virtual reality, gaming and entertainment markets; investing in various early stage companies, and mentoring other growing companies through several accelerator programs. He is co-investor with his wife in Forbes magazine’s 2015 #1 franchise in the U.S. (Sola Salon Studios).
Previously, Chris founded an international M&A firm based in Washington, D.C. He managed due diligence in 30 countries, and guided over $250M in acquisitions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a $1B Dubai-based private equity fund. He also designed and managed the first ever spectrum auction for a Middle Eastern nation, resulting in more than $300M in revenues and the largest revenue-sharing commitments ever attained globally.
Chris’ creation of new market offerings, alliances and outsourcing ventures for Bearing Point earned him a 2003 Innovators Award. Chris authored more than 50 business plans focused on innovative delivery models for large corporate enterprises in the telecom, banking, finance, utilities and transportation markets around the world.
Chris was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (Washington, D.C.) He holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) in Securities & Financial Regulation with honors from Georgetown Law, has studied at Harvard Law and the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, and authored scholarly publications on venture capital, banking and debt-related issues.
Chris began his career as a vice president with Ketchum Communications, a global communications agency with offices in 70 countries managing public policy and public affairs programs for Fortune 500 corporations. He was a member of the Bank of Montreal / Harris Bank team that was a finalist for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Award of Excellence and Silver Anvil in 1998 for its market positioning and thought leadership campaign on domestic and international policy trends affecting the global economy, finance and banking industries.