Dr. Kris Potrafka is an accomplished business operations and human resources executive with over 15 years of experience. As a certified executive coach with a special focus on trust, relationships, and change, Kris is known to challenge his clients for long-term sustainable results.
Working with companies from the Fortune 50 to currently the founder and CEO of an early stage start-up, Kris has an understanding of how people engage, interact, and build trust. Prior to starting his own company, Kris served as VP, HR for Advanced Micro Devices leading the HR strategy for multiple business units representing over $2B in revenue and 5,000 global employees. He moved to Austin, TX in 2011 when he accepted the role of SVP, Strategy and Planning and Chief of Staff to the CEO for iHeartMedia. Kris spent many years on the West Coast working for Cisco Systems, MySpace, Activision, and Sun Microsystems. He has been recognized for bringing innovative approaches to complex problems with a practical style and great sense of humor.
Kris has a PhD in Human & Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and holds 3 Master’s Degrees from Fielding Graduate University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ball State University. The focus of his dissertation, a quantitivate study, was on team mental models, trust, and team performance. Kris knows how to bring people together, build trust, and develop a long-term relationship. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric & Public Address from Eastern Illinois University. He holds several professional certifications and is active in various professional organizations.
Living and working in downtown Austin with his wife Claudia, and Macha their energetic puppy Weimaraner, Kris spends most his free time enjoying the live music scene, running the trails, and trying to keep up with their year-round garden.I Select This Coach