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EffectiveTalent Office

Craig Watson



Direct phone: 1 312 401 8354

Craig Watson is founder and CEO of EffectiveTalent Office, bringing successful executive and consulting experience in finance, transactions, international operations, and technology in Fortune 300 companies. Craig excels at supporting executives responding to demanding expectations, helping them to interpret and deliver effective performance. He credits his work in different functions and industries, and problem-solving skills honed in consulting, as central to his helping capable executives overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities. 


Craig brings experience as former Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of FMC Corporation, where he was a member of the Management Committee and chair of the Corporate Purchasing Council.  He spent four years as FMC’s CFO-Asia-Pacific, based in Tokyo, helping build the business in Korea, India, and China, and turning around manufacturing operations in Australia.  Prior to FMC, Craig served as CFO of the Central Division of Pepsi-Cola Company, Director of Global Capital Projects for Merck & Co., and in a range of operating and strategy roles in Cummins Engine Company in the US, the UK, and Nigeria. He is the author of articles that have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The McKinsey Quarterly, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Craig has served on the boards of Laboratory Corporation of America and the National Council of Compensation Insurers, and is currently an independent director of the $20Bn emerging markets business of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

EffectiveTalent Office

Eleva Riley

Senior Advisor

Direct phone: 1 312 550 3409

Eleva Riley is a Senior Advisor with EffectiveTalent, bringing a track record of leadership in human resources, strategic planning, leadership development, and executive coaching.  Her work reflects a passion for guiding business leaders to success, with a strong focus on supporting the effectiveness of executives of color, especially women in or aspiring to senior leadership. Eleva excels at building relationships and working with executives to manage complex leadership challenges. She credits her effectiveness with a broad range of executives to her insight into large-organization operations, and to her compassionate and direct communication style. 


Eleva was formerly CHRO for Access Community Health Network, Chicago’s largest provider of community health care where she built an effective HR team from scratch, and provided executive coaching to the COO and CFO.  Prior to Access, she held senior HR roles in Sanofi, the $47B global pharmaceutical company with 90,000 employees. Based in Frankfurt and Paris, Eleva was responsible for building a global HR leadership team, and also  designed and implemented Sanofi’s enterprise leadership development program for the Industrial Operations Division.

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