Instructor Profile

Chris Trendler

Chris Trendler, JD

Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Talent, Madison Dearborn Partners

Chris Trendler is the Managing Director and the Head of Portfolio Talent at Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm that has raised over $26 billion in capital since its inception in 1992. It operates in various verticals, including software services, financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications. In his role, Chris is responsible for leading the firm's talent strategy across the portfolio. Before joining Madison Dearborn Partners in 2021, he was a Partner at ghSMART and Company, advising investors, CEOs, and boards on critical talent issues.