Culinary Educator Taps Veteran Global Financial Leader to Support and Drive Strategic Initiatives
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the largest accredited provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education in the U.S., announces the appointment of Charles “Chuck” Christopherson as chief financial officer.
As CFO, Christopherson will lead Escoffier’s greater finance strategy and manage financial, investment, banking, acquisitions, and real estate initiatives for the institution. Christopherson, who is a certified public accountant, is a direct report to the CEO, Tracy Lorenz.
“Chuck is an accomplished global financial expert, respected critical thinker, and strong addition to our leadership team,” said Lorenz. “This CFO appointment represents an important step as an organization and leader in the culinary and hospitality industries.”
Christopherson has more than 25 years of experience in CFO, CIO, and CAO roles in both private and public companies, specializing in high-growth operations across multiple industries, including software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), IT, communications, fintech, engineering, and construction, consulting, logistics, and government. In these roles, he has led finance, operations, and technology operations in 170 countries supporting the largest global CPG and food enterprise companies, and chaired board committees for an accredited higher educational institution. Most recently, Christopherson was CFO of IntelliCentrics Global Holdings. Previously, he served as CEO for CB Solutions, LLC, a Dallas/Ft. Worth-based operations and financial consulting firm. Additional experience includes executive leadership positions in BT Group; SAP; The United States Government serving in the George W. Bush Administration, and Encompass Services.
Christopherson received his Bachelor’s in Accounting with a Minor in Computer Science from Brigham Young University, an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and continuing education certification at the University of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Executive and CFO Education Program. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.