Chris Tacy
Chief Strategy Officer

Chris has worked at the intersection of business, innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. After consulting on Incubate and Accelerate efforts for Mach49 in 2017, Chris rejoined the firm full-time in 2020 to help global businesses realize their goals of exponential growth and value creation. A seasoned C-Suite executive and Board Member at both private and public companies, he leverages a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, which he brings to bear in envisioning and engineering the future of Mach49.

He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or been part of executive management at 4 startups, with 4 wins. Chris has run a $325M corporate venture fund, contributed to dozens of successful M&A deals, and closed more than $2B in partnerships. As an investor, his bets have yielded over $100M in returns on less than $7.5M in invested capital. Over the course of his career, he has worked with clients including Oracle, Google, Lockheed Martin, Sony, Viacom, and Nike.

Prior to joining Mach49, Chris was an independent consultant providing corporate entrepreneurship and innovation expertise to investors, large corporate entities, and high-growth startups in the technology, defense, healthcare, energy, staffing, professional services, and CPG industries. A recognized expert in business model innovation and corporate venture transformation, Chris worked with clients on a range of corporate transactions including spin-offs, carve-outs, IP licensing deals, and mergers, and helped build go-to-market and innovation strategies.

Chris holds a BA in English and post-structuralist critical theory from Wesleyan University.