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chrisdowellChris is an experienced executive coach, executive recruiter, and a former U.S. Navy Carrier pilot who brings more than 30 years of leadership and management experience to ELP. He specializes in leadership development of senior executives within organizational settings. His dynamic and systematic approach assists individual leaders and their broader leadership teams in identifying and removing barriers to success. Chris often finds himself working with CEOs and Boards of Directors in complex coaching and consulting environments involving multiple leaders who influence distinct parts of the overall organization. His focus on roles and responsibilities within shared governance models, organizational culture, and leadership effectiveness has helped clients move from good to great.

Following his Naval career Chris entered the private sector in the field of Executive Search with D. E. Foster Partners, an affiliate to KMG Peat Marwick, where he served as its Managing Director in charge of the Washington, D.C. office and Practice Leader of the Non-Profit and Federal Government Practices. After leaving Foster Partners, Chris and several associates formed the Breckenridge Group, an executive search firm where he leads the non-profit and executive coaching practices.

Chris spent the majority of his naval career operating from deployed U.S. naval forces throughout the world. Additionally, he completed an 18-month assignment to the French Naval War College in Paris and a 30-month operational exchange assignment flying with French Naval Forces in Southern France. This international experience has helped him form a more global appreciation for successful business practices throughout the world. Chris capped his naval career with a Pentagon assignment as a Congressional Liaison Officer and Air Warfare Specialist during which time he prepared congressional testimony and senior level briefings on foreign and domestic issues. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Management from Webster University, a Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching from George Mason University, and is a graduate of the French Postgraduate Naval War College.

He is strongly committed to developing front-leaders through establishing coaching relationships built on trust and collaboration, while invoking a sense of urgency that leads to successful results.

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