Chris Battaglia is CEO, WorldPensionSummit and Vice President/Group Publisher of Crain’s Pensions and Investments, the pre-eminent international newspaper of money management. He is responsible for managing all of the brandís businesses including the biweekly newspaper, digital and conferences, data and research products. In this role he has earned a reputation for innovation and cultivating new business opportunities globally. He has expanded P&Iís digital platform, pionline.com, and launched a variety of custom-publishing initiatives, including P&I Custom Media and the P&I Research Center, which recently won a Neal Award, business journalismís top prize. Chris joined Crain Communications in 1991 as a sales and marketing executive responsible for US, UK and European business development. Since then, he has held executive positions in sales and marketing and was promoted to publisher of P&I in 2006.
In January 2016, Chris became CEO of the WorldPensionSummits in The Hague and Africa, after leading the acquisition of Netherlands-based Global Platform B.V. The WorldPensionSummits now join P&Iís established global conference business in Japan and the U.S., and expands P&Iís access to assets across four continents that together represent more than 90% of the worldís institutional assets.
A 30-year veteran of marketing and financial information publishing, Chris has also served as Vice President, Associate Group Publisher of The Industry Standard, a start-up media company that made publishing history during the internet boom, and has held key executive and management positions with Yahoo Inc., Corporate Finance magazine and Investment Dealerís Digest. He has served as the Vice Chairman of American Business Mediaís Publishers Committee and is actively involved as a media industry expert in financial services. He began his career in marketing at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith after earning a bachelorís degree from Ithaca College. Chris enjoys being a global citizen so he can meet investors around the world but also like to return home to his family in New Jersey. He is married and has three children ages 20, 17, and 15.