May 22 2017
The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the ocean, waves and beaches, today announced the appointment of Chris Farrell to the organization’s Board of Directors. With more than 20 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions and strategy in both the United States and internationally, Chris brings a valuable perspective and extensive expertise to the board.
"Chris has so much to offer to Surfrider’s mission," said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. "He’s a core surfer with a lifelong, deep connection to the coasts, has decades of international business experience, and most importantly, he has a real passion to help Surfrider better protect our ocean, waves and beaches.”
Chris currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Authentic Brands Group (ABG). Based in New York City, ABG is a brand development, marketing and entertainment company which owns a portfolio of fashion, sports, celebrity and entertainment brands. Previously, Chris held the position of Senior Vice President, Strategy, M&A and Investor Relations at Delhaize Group, a multinational food retailer. Chris also spent 15 years as an investment banker, focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in the retail sector.
“I’m excited to join the Surfrider Foundation’s Board of Directors and look forward to leveraging my background and strategic experience to contribute to the important mission of protecting our ocean and coasts," said Chris. "Growing up on the beach in Florida, the ocean and surfing have been part of my life for the past five decades and I am committed to doing whatever I can to support Chad and his team and the Surfrider chapters in the U.S. and internationally."
Chris has served on the board of directors for several organizations including the Joyful Heart Foundation and Planet Impact. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Stetson University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Fordham University Gabelli School of Business.