Chris Howe

CHRISTIAN HOWE

CURRICULUM VITAE

The story so far...

A brief introduction...


Chris has spent over 20 years in marketing and publications. With a background in both B2B and B2C, Chris has a track record of success, delivering superior product propositions and leveraging effective marketing to increase brand awareness and customer buy-in.

Chris’s experience in varying business sectors allows him to translate complex technical concepts into market focused deliverables. A sound knowledge of the full marketing spectrum, including strategy, product marketing, digital marketing, social media and the sales processes positions Chris as a key member of his teams.

With time spent in leadership and creative roles Chris has always displayed an enquiring mind, the desire to exceed his goals, the flexibility to adapt to course corrections, a high level of energy and ability consistently achieve.
Here is an overview of my competencies;

Marketing
  • Market identification
  • Strategic planning
  • Advertisement generation
  • Campaign implementation
  • Exhibition design
  • Event management
  • Online presence
  • SEO & PPC
  • Social media channels
Christian Howe
  • Corporate identity
  • Corporate communication
  • Brand management
  • Email marketing
  • Stock photography
  • Presentations
  • Stock Photography
  • Team and budget management
  • Photoshop, Illustrator
  • In-Design, Dreamweaver
  • Acrobat, Flash, iBooks Author
  • MS: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Kentico (CMS), Joomla
  • MailChimp, Survey Monkey
  • Salesforce, Fast Help
  • Isodraw & Installshield

This experience has been gained in an assortment of companies, from highly specialised Electronic Manufacturers to Signage Suppliers. The roles have varied from direct sales to team management. Sometimes I got my hands dirty, other times it was just my collar. In all instances I’ve worked hard and developed the positions.

The Resume

Current Role…

eMarketing Manager | Curtiss-Wright Industrial Division | ’02 -

Curtiss-Wright Industial Division

Previously PG Drives Technology. Prior to our acquisition, by Curtiss-Wright, PG Drives Technology was a leading designer and manufacturer of specialist wheelchair and scooter controllers, for the medical mobility markets globally. Since the acquisition we have formed the Industrial Group and Division totaling $500 million of sales per year. My position within this new division involves; management of the division’s communication strategy, marketing channels, publication initiatives, brand awareness and competitor analysis. With a directive to build and maintain a wide range of marketing material, design and grow the companies online presence, lead generation and customer retention and manage relationships with internal and external sources.
Reports - 2

Market Strategy & Planning:
Market analysis and strategy development for each sector of operations.
Delivery of go-to-market initiatives across a broad spectrum of channels.
Delivery: Management of the year on year marketing plan to ensure KPI’s are in line with business needs and to agreed $1,000,000 budget.

Branding & Communication:
Manage communication channels internally and externally to re-enforce the corporate brand, image and vision. Ensuring all material adheres to branding guidelines and meets current strategy objectives. Maintain and utilize the in-house CRM system (Salesforce) to best support the needs of the sales teams.. Deal with PR related activities and deliverables.
Situation: A re-alignment of the go-to-market offering at corporate level, placing our product brands into a new division and group based structure.
Solution: We undertook a complete review of all customer-facing material through our 36 facilities. Built a manageable strategy for change and customer education, whilst maintaining our core market strategy messages. All customer-facing material was brought up to date within the required completion date.

Online Initiatives:
Management of the Divisional suite of websites, including content, imagery and. Ensure content is relevant and accurate across the sites, social media platforms, PR, email campaigns and advertising. Online Analytics and SEO management.
Situation: A historic range of 20 websites in different formats, languages and systems with in excess of 100 domain names.
Solution: I single handedly managed a new suit of websites bringing 15 companies together to form 3 Groups sat within a single division, delivering over 50,000 unique visits per month.

Digital & Print Material:
Translation of complex technical concepts and capabilities into clear market propositions, data sheets and overview brochures. Advert design and campaign management. Management and delivery of all branded goods to distributors and sales teams globally in line with corporate initiatives. Design and management of high value bid proposals.
Situation: Develop a strategy for delivering more product information in a simpler digital medium.
Solution: After researching potential methods of delivery, their costs, effectiveness and ability to be updated… I settled on the solution of an iBook. Initially this was purely for the Exhibition teams, but we are now looking to furnish all sales teams with iPads and distribute to our wider customer audience.

Events:
Guide stand design and layouts, generate large format print graphics to support company aims and promotions for exhibitions. Content generation for video displays and wider presentational material for all levels. Assist in the booking, management and deliverables for our calendar of exhibitions.
Situation: Maintain a global presence at events running through-out the year whilst rationalizing costs.
Solution: To ensure the best value for money, combined with a consistent look and feel, we developed a common graphical look, instructed a single supplier and initiated a uniform method of communication with the sales teams.

Product Development:
Guide design and user experience functionality for new products being developed to meet strategic goals. Take ownership of GUI’s graphics and generate specification documentation to support software engineers during program design. Assist in the hardware design stages.
Situation:Development of a new high value controller, containing a larger LCD screen. LTV of product range, $20 million.
Solution: Collaborated with all involved departments to design, specify and create a completely fresh suit of graphics generating a more user friendly environment whilst delivering a high level of information.

Design Work:
Generation and management of overall company design specifications, websites and all media points, brochures, adverts, events, products, LCD user interfaces.

Photography and Illustration:
Management and selection of photographic stock, including purchases and licenses. Generation of graphics and illustrations to support a wide range of company requirements.

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Previous Roles


Education

University of Falmouth

University of Falmouth > >

National Diploma in illustration.


Rushmoor Boarding School > >

9 GCSE’s B/C Grade.

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Volunteering > >

I am a rugby coach within the Academy of Ellingham & Ringwood Rugby Club. For 8 months of the year you will find me whistle in hand on the pitch every Sunday morning come rain or shine. We concentrate on developing the child within a safe and fun environment. I hold a level 1 RFU Coaching license and have worked with the same group of children for 4 years. Witnessing the children’s development, both individually and as a team, via a sport they are passionate about, drives me forward and gives me great satisfaction.


What else do I enjoy...

When I’m not at work I have a few things I enjoy which take me away from the day to day; sailing, shooting, rugby, exercise and property development. Somehow organising builders, plumbers, sparks and labourers, not to mention wielding a large sledgehammer... gives me a great sense of perspective! The dust and muck of a building site make sitting in an office even more enticing...
I also like good wine and excellent food… but then, who doesn’t?

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@: chris@ck-d.co.uk | t: 07792 080675
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