About Chris Woodhead

untitled-7124Chris is the founder and CEO of GFM Business Solutions Ltd. – a specialist consultancy focused on:

Innovative Technology development and implementation

Sales and Marketing strategy development and implementation

Sales and Marketing leadership.

Chris has led a division of a global software company at board level with P & L responsibility. Founded an Independent Financial Advisor business (who were the first in the UK to receive authorisation to trade on-line” with advice”) and held a Senior Management position in a major UK Insurance Company. Used to operating within the “c” suite his experience includes identifying new market opportunities and leading the development of innovative technology solutions for the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Before setting up GFM Chris was Managing Director of Cincom Intelligent Business Applications. a division of Cincom Systems Inc. Focused on developing and deploying innovative and disruptive technologies in the arena of digital customer / patient experience and data management, the division developed the Cincom Knowledge Master suite of technologies deployed in Financial Services and US Healthcare.

Headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio, Cincom Systems Inc. is a privately held, multinational, computer technology corporation founded in 1968, one of the first companies to sell software separately from hardware, revolutionizing the selling of computers and their components. The company is a pioneer in the software industry. Cincom has 24 offices in 17 countries distributed over five continents. Cincom ranks among the top 2 percent of all software companies worldwide in terms of revenue

Chris’s experience includes:

  •          Identification of new markets and opportunities
  •          Leadership of technology development and implementation
  •          Extensive business knowledge of financial services and healthcare
  •          New business start-up
  •          New division start-up
  •          Negotiation of business partnerships and alliances
  •          Sales and Marketing Leadership

What others say about Chris:

Edward L (Ted) Tomkins – President at Provider Advantage NW, Inc.

I have worked with Chris over the past five years. I found him to be a creative and strategic thinker with a strong ability to develop plans and execute against them. He understands all aspects of building a business from concept development, market definition through promotion and sales

Glenn Gross – Vice President at Provider Advantage

I’ve worked with Chris for over 5 years as a key business partner. We worked together to create a brand new business platform to address key revenue cycle challenges in the healthcare market space. Chris brings a diverse skill set to the table as both an entrepreneur and international corporate executive. I’ve found Chris to be creative in planning strategies to address general business challenges while also having the ability to get into the specific details when needed to resolve tough customer issues. I have co-presented with Chris at national conferences. He is an excellent presenter and connects well with the audience……………..

 Marilyn (Rupp) Cox – Marketing Principal – Industry Practices at Oracle

Chris has a commanding knowledge of both the financial services and healthcare spaces. He has a fantastic ability to strategize in those industries by pulling on his years of experience as well as his relationships with those in the C-suite. Through his recognition of industry trends, Chris continues to guide those in the financial services and healthcare spaces towards greater opportunities

 Ulrich Koch – Senior Solution Sales – IBM

I had several years of working relationship with Chris in EMEA. He was highly dedicated to his job and supported me and my sales team very well with his financial market expertise and his close teaming…………….

Charlie Nicholls – Founder at Money on Toast

Working with Chris and his team was fantastic from the first day of our training to the day of implementation (and afterwards) the whole team were unbelievably helpful and accommodating. The training they provided was easy to understand and nothing was too much trouble. Chris and his team were unlike any other large corporation we have ever worked with in that the service was like something you would expect from a small personal business – quick, efficient and friendly. Chris is very professional, very experienced and it was a pleasure to work with him on this project

Dale Wolf – Marketing Director, Cincom & Editor of Perfect Customer Experience Online Magazine

Chris performs well against the test of time – for me, that’s important – consistency in performance and leadership. In the years I have worked with Chris, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to make success from just a nugget of an idea. He has attracted some incredible talent around him and together they have built one innovative solution to complex business issues after another. From his home base in the UK, he has led a global business unit that developed solutions that took cost out of the US healthcare system. He has worked through the many complexities of partnering with external partners and earned accolades for his sensitivity to making these arrangements mutually beneficial. He sees the big picture and yet is a bear on executional excellence. And on top of all that, he is a pleasure to work with – a true gentleman, a man of his word, a person who cares about other people and works to make them successful


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