President & Founder, Agile Rising

Chris Ruch has more than two decades of experience as a leader and executive in software development, Agile Product Management, and Lean Portfolio Management. As Agile Rising’s President and CEO, he leads our team of Enterprise Transformation Coaches and specializes in large, complex transformation strategy, lean portfolio management, and SAFe across the enterprise (from business agility, hardware, marketing, to support).

Chris is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) with many years of experience overseeing agile transformations across a broad range of industries, including: Emerson Electric, Carnegie Mellon University, United Technologies Corporation, ExxonMobil, Uber ATG, PPG, Philips Healthcare, PNC, Highmark, IPC Systems, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. He gained his experience in software development and leadership in the financial services industry before going on to start the Agile Transformation Practice at Summa, which he led for 6 years for before it was acquired by CGI in 2017. Chris has a masters degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is based in Agile Rising’s headquarters office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.