Chris Traub, Chairman and Co-Founder of the SES Group. Based in Taipei and Shanghai, Chris travels regularly throughout the SES Group's offices and worldwide.
Born in the US and educated in the US, the Philippines, and Taiwan, Chris has lived in Greater China continuously since 1986. He graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies & Cultural Anthropology. He is bi-cultural and bi-lingual in English and Mandarin. He is a published author, as well as a keen adventure athlete, an accomplished musician, yoga instructor, meditator, and transformation facilitator. Over the past 30 plus years, Chris has led and supported hundreds of senior level search engagements, across a broad range of industries.
Chris began his executive search career in 1988 when he established the first retained executive search firm in Taipei, that later joined Ward Howell International, a leading global executive search firm in 1992. In 1998, Chris and two partners established the Strategic Executive Search (SES) Group.
He is deeply involved in "Vortex," a personal development program. It was born out of Chris's participation in a 3 month outdoor leadership wilderness training expedition in Alaska. Chris realized some keys for learnings and ability to fully release into play He also experienced the deep joy of being fully present and in a state of flow in nature.
Over the following 33 years, as one of Asia’s pioneering C-Suite executive recruiters, Chris became an active member of many of the world’s most recognized global leadership communities; and he built a strong network of trusted relationships with highly accomplished leaders and innovators in these communities and beyond.
In mid - 2016, Chris and his partners created the concept for Vortex, drawn from both Eastern and Western philosophical and management principles.