Chris Yates
Chief Learning Officer, Director of People and Organizational Development, Caterpillar

Plenary Speaker
Chris Yates has been the chief learning officer and director of people and organizational development at Catepillar since 2013. He founded Ethical Organizational Design, a small consulting firm based in London focused on values-based leadership, in 2012. Previously, he was the group head of organizational development of HSBC Holdings. In this role, he looked after employee engagement, culture, change, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and a range of other human resources aspects globally. Before joining HSBC, Yates worked for nearly 15 years as American Express in a range of roles, most notably as the vice president of talent & organizational capability, a global role that focused on all aspects of the talent pipeline and organizational effectiveness. Yates has also worked at Cannon UK Ltd. and at Kings College Health Care in the National Health Service. He earned his B.A. in combined arts-psychology at Leicester University and his M.Sc. in occupational and organizational psychology at the University of East London. In 2015 he co-authored the book Rewire—A Radical Look at Diversity and Inclusion.