KRIS POTRAFKA, Ph.D.
This is a place to help you learn a little more about who I am.
Here's what I'm currently focused on:
Leading the HR Business Partner activities for HW Engineering and Automotive business at NXP Semiconductors
Modernizing the live music booking experience with the design and launch of a live music booking app
Producing a weekly live-streaming podcast/vodcast promoting Austin musicians
Launching a new leadership podcast
Currently living in Austin, Texas with my wife, Claudia and our wonderful Weimaraner, Macha. We fully embraced the Austin lifestyle upon moving here in early 2012. Live music and enjoying the outdoors consumes our free time. Our home is a frequent gathering place for musicians either through our weekly live streaming show or regular house concerts. We're fortunate to be in a wonderful city surrounded by great music and great friends.
recent executive roles
Successfully launched an app that easily matches musicians with hosts for live performances. Created the vision and design, secured seed stage funding, built and executed a marketing strategy, and led sales leading to early-stage paying customers.
January 2016 - Current
Founder and CEO
HR Business Partner to three c-level execs representing over $2 billion in revenue and more than 5,000 global employees. Responsible for the strategy and delivery of all HR programs, including talent management, recruiting, performance management, organizational development, and training.
December 2013 - December 2015
VP, HR Business Partner
Advanced Micro Devices
January 2012 - December 2013
Business operations role with a focus on the design and execution of key business initiatives, processes, communications, and change management. Chief of Staff to the CEO.
SVP, Strategy and Planning
Chief-of-Staff expertise in managing internal business operations, facilitating meetings, and oversight of cross-functional projects. Known for bringing creative solutions, on-time delivery, and buy-in from all stakeholders.
Executing and seeing the results from internal processes that enable sales and marketing.
Organization Development & Human Resources
Designing and building organizations that learn and adapt. Global company experience designing and managing complex changes involving the organization's strategy, structure, skills, process, and culture.
The organization components working together as a unified system is a thing of beauty.
Communication and Change
Employee communication and change management is a specialty. These functions have reported to me and I've designed global change programs to drive adoption of controversial programs.
I love change so much I did a quantitative research dissertation on how teams build trust and stay on the same page to improve performance.
Solely designed, launched, and incorporated a music-tech start-up business that has achieved initial seed funding, shareholders, paying customers, and social media traction.
I've learned the hard way on how to bootstrap and build a business from scratch.
Fielding Graduate University
Ph.D. Organizational Development and Change
M.A. Human and Organizational Systems
Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate: Over 3,000 hours of executive and International Coaching Certified
Dissertation: The Impact of Trust and Team Mental Models on Team Performance
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Ball State University
Eastern Illinois University
Major: Rhetoric and Public Address
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