|Mayor Hickenlooper Appoints Chief Operating Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, October 30, 2006
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor's Office
Mayor Hickenlooper Appoints Chief Operating Officer
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Monday his appointment of Chris Henderson as chief operating officer (COO). In this role, Henderson’s duties will focus on leading cross-departmental initiatives to improve operations and business processes, identify efficiencies, and integrate the City’s budget, revenue, finance, and accountability and reform functions. Henderson will also advise the Mayor on economic development and fiscal matters.
“Chris Henderson brings invaluable perspective and experience to the City from his 15 years of evaluating, executing and managing investments in private companies,” said Hickenlooper. “He will play a key role in our ongoing citywide efforts to improve operations, enhance service levels and efficiencies, and create a truly performance-based budget.”
After a 15-year career in investment banking and private equity investing, Henderson joined the Mayor’s Office in May 2006 as a special assistant to the Mayor on financial issues. In this capacity, he has been involved in developing the Mayor’s 2007 budget and negotiating and structuring the proposed financial management changes referred under ballot question 1B.
“We are excited about the support and expertise Chris will be able to provide to managers on major operational initiatives, performance management opportunities and fiscal matters,” said incoming Chief of Staff Kelly Brough. “He will be a tremendous asset to our team and the entire City.”
In September, Hickenlooper announced that Katherine Archuleta would become his Senior Advisor on Policy and Initiatives, with the responsibility of leading City representatives on federal, state and local policy issues and initiatives that are distinct from day-to-day operations. Hickenlooper also announced that Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly Brough would become Chief of Staff – managing the daily operations and long-term goals of the administration.
“The fact that Mayor Hickenlooper brings such an entrepreneurial approach to city government and has, as a result, attracted such a talented team of people, has made the adjustment from the world of private equity much more seamless than I expected,” said Henderson. “In spite of the great accomplishments of the past three years, my experiences thus far have made clear to me that the Mayor is committed to continuing to move forward with new initiatives and reforms aimed at building this great city and better serving its citizens. I look forward to being part of that effort.”
Henderson joins the City following a 13 year career with Vestar Capital Partners, where he served as a managing director and member of the firm’s investment committee since 2000. Vestar is a leading global private equity firm managing over $7 billion in equity capital through its offices in New York, Denver, Boston, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. While at Vestar, Henderson’s responsibilities included identification and evaluation of investment opportunities, transaction negotiation and oversight of portfolio companies – primarily in the consumer sector, including food, apparel and consumer goods. He was involved in transactions where over $500 million was successfully invested in firms such as Prestone Products, Polo Jeans Company, Pyramid Communications, Gold Toe Corporation, St. John Knits and Michael Foods, among others. Prior to joining Vestar, he spent two years at global investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
Henderson serves on the board and executive committee of the Colorado Children’s Campaign; is a founding board member of West Denver Prep, a recently opened DPS charter middle school in the Westwood neighborhood; and serves on the Community Leadership Board for Mile Hi Montessori.
A fourth generation Denverite, Henderson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelors degree in political science. He also holds an MBA from Columbia University.
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