I’ve Joined Deloitte Consulting LLP

Since a few of my colleagues at Deloitte began tweeting about it Monday night, and my friend Luke Fretwell (founder of GovFresh) retweeted it yesterday, I realized the cat was out of the bag and I couldn’t wait any longer to talk about it myself. So I mentioned it briefly last night at our Social Media Trends 2011 event for Social Media Club San Francisco and a bunch of attendees tweeted it out only to be picked up more widely.

I am really excited to announce I have taken a position at Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Specialist Leader  (aka Senior Manager) with a focus on Social Media, Enterprise 2.0, Innovation and beyond. I am perhaps even more excited about the extraordinary people I’ve met at the firm so far and the tremendous potential we have for continuing to build out a great consulting practice that supports some of the best companies in the world who are Deloitte clients, or soon will be.

I was hoping to get a better handle on my surroundings and to better define my role in the organization before talking about this publicly, but as we have been saying for so long, “you can’t control social media.” So here’s the short version of a longer story we will be talking more about in the near future:

  • Big thanks to my friend and colleague John Hagel for making the introduction last summer that lead to this opportunity and the many senior partners with whom I will be collaborating.
  • I am going to be based out of the San Francisco office, but expect to be traveling all across the country.
  • I get to work with an incredible team, in what is known as the Social Computing and Collaboration group under the Technology Strategy and Architecture practice within Deloitte Consulting LLP.
  • I am staying on as Chairman of Social Media Club and will remain active in an evangelist role and fulfilling my board duties while my wife Kristie Wells will stay on as President and continue to build out the association with our Gamma Chapter Leaders.
  • I made this decision because its the right sort of environment and the right sort of smart people who can enrich my professional life, help me seize some of the opportunities that I see in the market (such as holistic business strategy) and where I can contribute to the greater well being of the organization in a multitude of ways.

For now, that’s all I can really say, not only because we will still be doing an official media alert or something like it, but also because there are some things we still have to figure out together. What I can say is that its going to be an amazing journey, and I am very much looking forward to 2011 and beyond.

If you would like to schedule an interview with me, you should reach out to Deloitte PR. If you are looking for a job, check out Deloitte’s open job positions and see some of the reasons I decided to join. If you are a Deloitte client and want to talk to me about your projects, reach out to your team lead and they will figure out what to do to get me engaged.

Disclaimer: Of course, none of the statements here reflect the views or opinions of Deloitte, they are all my own personal observations and statements. All links to the Deloitte Web site are made for your convenience. I am merely sharing my personal perspective on a significant personal life event, taking on my first ‘real job’ in over 10 years, when I previously worked for the United States Mint as Chief of eBusiness.

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  1. #1 by Ken Yeung - January 26th, 2011 at 20:53

    Congratulations, Chris! Really happy for you & good luck! I know you’re going to knock the socks off of Deloitte’s clients – definitely a real asset! w00t!

  2. #2 by Ricardo Bueno - January 26th, 2011 at 20:57

    Congratulations Chris! To you and Kristie both actually!! Happy for you and excited for what’s ahead 🙂

  3. #3 by David Allen - January 26th, 2011 at 21:00

    Chris – that’s great news! Best of luck and I know you’re going to have a wonderful time there.

    You’ve worked hard for this, and as a reward, you get to work harder. Enjoy!


  4. #4 by Hillary Hartley - January 26th, 2011 at 21:04

    Many congrats, Chris. Sounds like a great move for you. Woot!

  5. #5 by Chris Heuer - January 26th, 2011 at 22:00

    Thanks everyone. It also means I will be writing more, both here and on a new blog I will be launching for my book, ServeTheMarket.com

    Really excited.

    Also, if you are in SF and you have been to our house parties before, be on the lookout for a Super Bowl invite, should be a good one this year!

  6. #6 by Amy Phillips - January 26th, 2011 at 22:17

    You will be so awesome at this role. I’ve thought once or twice about making the jump from Booz Allen to Deloitte, interested to hear how you like the company.

    In any case, this is great news- congratulations!

  7. #7 by Marcy Swenson - January 26th, 2011 at 22:22

    Excited to see what results from you collaborating with a new set of smart folks, writing more, and influencing Deloitte customers toward more holistic business practices. Go Chris!

  8. #8 by Jason DeBoer-Moran - January 26th, 2011 at 22:32

    Congratulations on this exciting news! I can’t wait to hear more about the journey. If you pass through Minnesota soon, it would be great to throw you a proper meetup in support of the new book.

  9. #9 by Pete Williams - January 26th, 2011 at 22:35

    Welcome aboard from your colleagues downunder reach out when you get your feet under the desk @rexster

  10. #10 by Karen Hartline - January 26th, 2011 at 23:32

    Bug congrats! Excited to see what you do with Deloitte!

  11. #11 by Laura Iriarte - January 26th, 2011 at 23:36

    Congrats Chris! Sounds like a fun new adventure for you! Deloitte is more than lucky to have you! 🙂

  12. #12 by Greg Cangialosi - January 26th, 2011 at 23:40

    BIG congrats! that sounds like an AWESOME opportunity. I know you will crush it 🙂

  13. #13 by Sam Huleatt - January 26th, 2011 at 23:55

    Congrats Chris!! That’s awesome news. Look forward to a catch-up next time your in NYC!


  14. #14 by Suzy Tonini - January 27th, 2011 at 00:11

    Hey Chris,

    So glad you joined the Deloitte Social Media bandwagon. Welcome!

  15. #15 by michael brito - January 27th, 2011 at 00:17

    Congrats my friend…

  16. #16 by Jessica Murray - January 27th, 2011 at 01:12

    I hope this doesn’t mean you’re missing out on all the fun SMC action at SxSW, Blog World & beyond….but if it does, beware I’m kidnapping your wife & we’re going globetrotting! Ciao!

    Seriously, Congrats Chris. I’ve learned a lot from you and continue to look up to you so I’m very excited to follow you on this next chapter w/ Deloitte.

  17. #17 by Irene Koehler - January 27th, 2011 at 03:04

    Mega-congratulations to you (and Kristie) on your new role. I’m sure wonderful things are ahead for you both. I can’t wait to watch your progress along with the rest of the Deloitte team.

  18. #18 by AJ - January 27th, 2011 at 08:05

    Congrats Chris and welcome to the Deloitte team! Let me know when you are out in Washington, DC I’d love to meet up again.

  19. #19 by Rachel Polish - January 27th, 2011 at 17:05

    Chris, this is such great news! I know you’ll prove yourself immediately to be an asset to Deloitte and their clients. Let’s celebrate soon!

  20. #20 by Jeremiah Owyang - January 27th, 2011 at 17:05

    Congrats Chris! You are an industry leader.

  21. #21 by Marshall Kirkpatrick - January 27th, 2011 at 18:44

    Good stuff Chris, I hope it’s a wonderful experience for you.

  22. #22 by GusF - January 27th, 2011 at 20:13

    Congrats on your new position Chris. Sounds like it’s a great fit. All the best to you and hopefully you will make it out back to Vancouver soon!

  23. #23 by Ryan Geist - January 27th, 2011 at 20:24

    Hey Chris – congrats! I got my start at Deloitte and worked for the Human Capital practice for 3 years. Great organization. Still have many friends there. Glad you and the green dot found each other. -Ryan

  24. #24 by Giovanni Rodriguez - January 28th, 2011 at 01:34

    Chris — big congrats. Tremendous opportunity, and a smart move by Deloitte.

  25. #25 by Kare Anderson - January 29th, 2011 at 12:53

    Chris – you were quite helpful in our orientation. I trust we’ll cross paths on some project. BTW here’s my title: Leader, Collaborative Strategies, Center for the Edge, Deloitte

  26. #26 by Peter Corbett - January 29th, 2011 at 17:35

    While we’re sad to lose Chris as the Director of iStrategyLabs SF, we think he’s got the opportunity of a lifetime with one of our favorite clients.

    I know we’ll be seeing him around a bunch.

    Congrats again Chris.

    See you at SXSW!

  27. #27 by Andy Sternberg - January 29th, 2011 at 19:10

    Congrats, Chris. Very exciting news! Definitely a win for Deloitte – incredible opportunities ahead.

  28. #28 by Barbara Rozgonyi - January 29th, 2011 at 23:43

    Congrats Chris – what a great match! Looking forward to following your work with Deloitte and hoping that your travels bring you to Chicago more often!

  29. #29 by Jeffrey Sass - January 30th, 2011 at 16:19

    Awesome! Much congratulations and then some, Chris! Very exciting news for you and “the industry.” 😉 Can’t wait to see you in a blue blazer and striped tie. 😉

  30. #30 by Dave Cynkin - January 31st, 2011 at 03:57

    Big congratulations and Happy New Year, Chris! Wishing you a successful 2011 and I know you’ll bring great insight to Deloitte in Social Media. When you get settled, pls ping me and let’s catch up.

  31. #31 by Murray Izenwasser - January 31st, 2011 at 10:39

    Congratulations, Chris! I know you’ll do an awesome job for them.

  32. #32 by Michele Lorito-Chase - January 31st, 2011 at 13:13

    Bravo! I would have never expected anything less from Deloitte in choosing one of the best visionaries of the space. You rock, Chris!

  33. #33 by Patti Hosking - January 31st, 2011 at 13:56

    Excellent Chris, enjoy the new adventure and stay in touch.

  34. #34 by Ari Herzog - February 13th, 2011 at 23:32

    Kudos on the new move!

  35. #35 by John Porcaro - February 15th, 2011 at 19:16

    Just saw the news, congrats!

  36. #36 by Kimbirly ORr - February 16th, 2011 at 12:03

    Congrats Chris! I, too, just accepted a new position. I remain deeply committed to SMC, you and Kristie.

    Please let me know if your travels include Denver as I would LOVE to see you.

    Be well!

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