Per-Kristian “Kris” Halvorsen is the Chief Innovation Officer and a senior vice president at Intuit, the world’s leading maker of financial and tax software for small business and consumers. He is responsible for building the company’s innovation capability by identifying and implementing social, mobile, and other emerging technologies that will spur growth. Before joining Intuit, Kris was vice president and center director at HP Labs, where he started and led the research for HP’s services business. He also established HP’s research labs in India – the first IT industry research lab focused on creating products and services for emerging economies – and in China. From 1983 to 2000, Kris was at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he led the natural language research team and was the founding director of the Information Sciences and Technology Lab (ISTL). He also worked as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Sloan Center for Cognitive Science.
He has served as a member of the board of directors at Symantec, Autodesk, Finn.no, XBS/Document Technology Centers, and Iron Mountain Inc. Prior to joining Xerox Corp. in 1983, he had been a professor at the University of Oslo and the University of Texas at Austin, and a consulting professor at Stanford University. Kris earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas, did his post-doctoral research at MIT, and went to Harvard Business School.