Chris O'Neill

I help build and scale enduring companies.

I have had the privilege to lead teams at some of the world’s most beloved brands including Google and Evernote. Over the past 25 years, I have gained leadership experience in consumer and enterprise, wartime and peacetime, leading challenging turnarounds and scaling rocketships. I’ve worked and done business in Canada, the USA, China, Europe, and beyond; led significant go-to-market organizations and served as general manager, Chairman, and CEO.

Through these adventures, I’ve learned the value of courage, humility, and grit: the courage to continuously tackle new challenges to learn and unlearn; humility to serve as a compassionate leader who thrives as part of teams that deliver outstanding results and a positive impact in people’s lives; and the grit to fight through adversity and bounce back stronger from setbacks.

I bring this operating experience and perspective to my role as Chief Growth Officer at Xero (ASX: XRO). I serve as a board member at Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and previously served on the board at Tim Horton’s (NYSE: THI).

Specialties: leadership, general management, governance, business operations, product development, product-led growth, SMB, go-to-market, marketing (brand, product, growth), analytics, SaaS, future of work, fintech.

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