Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer
What he’s passionate about
Enabling the success of other leaders through encouragement, opportunity, empowerment, and coaching.
His role at 1848 Ventures
As Westfield’s Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Stuart builds an innovation portfolio and leads the formulation of business strategies that stimulate customer growth, improve financial performance, and generate risk insight.
Stuart started his career with the management consulting firm, Accenture. Prior to joining Westfield, he was a Principal with Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, a global management consulting firm, where he primarily led programs developing new ventures and e-business initiatives.
Stuart joined Westfield in 2002 and has held several leadership positions including Chief Technology Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. He’s an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he earned a dual Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in History and Economics.
What he loves about the work we do
“We have a bold vision to reduce the uncertainty business owners face every day in starting, operating, and growing their business. In this way, the aim of 1848 Ventures is consistent with the founding of Westfield in 1848. Westfield’s founders were farmers. They faced a life-threatening risk—fire—and our company was founded to help them reduce the risk that having a fire would result in losing their property, their livelihood, and their financial stability. I love the opportunity to build upon that legacy by reducing the uncertainty of today’s business owners.”
Which of our “How we show up” behaviors resonate with him most
“The commitment to Radical Collaboration creates energy for me. Everyone—from those on our team to our partners—shares the belief that working together builds better ideas and unlocks new discoveries.”
Stuart was a DJ for a classic rock radio station when he was in high school. Besides preparing him for the communication responsibilities of business leadership, it makes him a top-notch music trivia partner.