HOUSTON, March 20, 2019—Onit, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise workflow solutions including enterprise legal management, contract management and operational business process automation, today announced that it appointed Chris Fields as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Co-founder Eric Smith previously held this role and will now transition to the role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Security Officer. This new addition adds another industry veteran from the legal technology space to the company’s executive management team.
Chris most recently served as CTO for Innovative Interfaces, where he led the engineering and product management team and was responsible for converting client/server-based technologies into a multi-tenant system leveraging cloud-based microservices for global library systems.
“As we move further into uncharted growth territory and continue our strategic trajectory, bringing Chris on board at this time was a win-win for us,” said Eric M. Elfman, Onit’s CEO and founder. “With his proven track record and unprecedented technical talent, Chris will be the long-awaited for and disruptive executive team member Onit has been looking for. Chris’ extensive technical abilities, coupled with his fine-tuned business acumen and leadership, will be key drivers in not only keeping Onit’s current momentum, but also taking it to the next level.”
As CTO at Onit, Chris will be responsible for overseeing the technical vision of the company and leading product research, engineering and development efforts. He will also be responsible for evaluating and implementing new systems and infrastructure and ensuring technologies are used efficiently and securely. Additionally, he will build quality assurance and data protection processes and communicate the company’s technology strategy to our consulting and business partners and customers.
Chris’s background includes serving as vice president and chief technology officer for Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, where he led the technology strategy and direction for the business and was responsible for all aspects of product engineering, including the application development platforms and all applications and modules. He directed research and development, including evaluation and integration of new technologies that deliver additional value to the company’s clients. Chris was one of the key inventors named on the patent for the Passport® technology platform. He led the development of one of the company’s initial spend management offerings, as well as the portal for collaboration between corporate legal departments and legal service providers. He also drove adoption of agile development practices to improve overall product delivery and quality.
During his broad career, Chris also held several key management and executive positions at various high-growth companies, including Datacert and Digicontract.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Baylor University.
Onit is a global leader of enterprise workflow solutions for legal, compliance, sales, IT, HR and finance departments. Our solutions transform best practices into smarter workflows, better processes and operational efficiencies. With a focus on enterprise legal management, matter management, spend management, contract management and legal holds, we operate globally and help transform the way Fortune 500 companies and billion-dollar legal departments bridge the gap between systems of record and systems of engagement. We help customers find gains in efficiency, reduce costs and automate transactions faster. For more information, visit www.onit.com or call 1-800-281-1330.