Chris Richardson - Dreamforce 2016

Chris Richardson

Assistant VP of IT Development - Arizona State University

Chris Richardson is the Assistant Vice President of IT Development at Arizona State University (, recently recognized as #1 in the US for Innovation for the second year ahead of MIT and Stanford by US News & World Report. Mr. Richardson and his team are responsible for aligning with key stakeholders to lead the strategy, upgrade cycle, new functionality enhancements, and maintenance of a number of Enterprise applications across the diverse landscape of ASU. Much of this portfolio’s evolution through digital transformation and Internet of Things initiatives are radically changing the relationship and experience with our various end users in the University ecosystem: prospective learners, parents, students, alumni, staff, faculty, commercial business partners, fans of athletics, and the community as a whole which is rapidly becoming a global definition due to our unique vision as the New American University (

His team’s efforts have been recognized in publications or awards such as Forbes, Tech Republic, CIO Magazine, Tech AZ, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (inaugural winner of Best Game Day Technology Experience for all Division 1 schools), and Salesforce Higher Ed Summit (Excellence Award for Student Success).

Chris Richardson joined ASU from Honeywell where he held a number of positions over an 11- year career, most recently as Senior Director of IT Service Delivery for the Performance Materials and Technologies business group, global accountability of all application and infrastructure operations for a $12B organization. He has also held responsibility as Director for Desktop Services, Senior Program Manager (global telecom referesh and data center rationalization), IT Audit Manager (data privacy), European Manager Co-Sourcing, and Senior Business Analyst (supply chain and finance support) in the Transportation Systems business group. Previously Mr. Richardson has also been responsible for business strategy, product and web development at his own companies, Tru Realty and ASPACT Schools (no longer in existence), as well as at Talisma Corporation and License Online.

Chris holds a double B.S. in Zoology and Fisheries from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound, and a Master of Business Administration (MIS, Finance, and Entrepreneurship emphases) from the University of Arizona. During Chris’ working career he has obtained PMP, CIPP, and ITIL Expert Lifecycle certifications; he was also a part of Honeywell’s Pathways and IT Leadership Development training programs.