Kris comes to Norwest Venture Partners with more than a decade of retained executive search experience recruiting VP- and C-level executives across the marketing, financial, engineering, operations and sales functions. As director of talent, under the umbrella of Portfolio Services, Kris works closely with both venture and growth equity partners and portfolio companies in the consumer and consumer Internet industries.
Before joining Norwest, Kris was a principal at Howard Fischer Associates in Silicon Valley. In her prior experience she handled consumer Internet searches for start-ups including Mint, Stella & Dot, Art.com, Wine.com, CafePress, Lending Club, and Trion Worlds, as well as venture-backed consumer and enterprise software start-ups including Anaplan, Bromium, and Solera Networks.
Kris started her career in search with retained executive search boutique firm Bialla & Associates and also spent time at executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Earlier in her career, Kris spent seven years in hi-tech sales at pioneering Internet start-ups Netscape, RealNames, and VeriSign.
Kris holds a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and speaks French and German.