Christina Van Houten (C'89)


Chief Strategy Officer

Christina is a veteran of the enterprise technology industry, having spent two decades with some of the world’s largest firms, including Oracle, IBM and Infor Global Solutions as well as Netezza and ProfitLogic, the entrepreneurial companies that were acquired by them. Currently, Christina is Chief Strategy Officer for Mimecast (NASDAQ: MIME), a global leader in cyber-security, where she leads Product Management, Market Strategy, Corporate Development, and M&A. She has also been involved as an advisory board member of emerging technology firms in the retail analytics, next‐generation communication wearables, and mobile banking platform spaces.

Prior to evolving into the technology sector, Christina founded a women’s athletic apparel brand and spent her younger years focused on public interest work with The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, DC City Government, U.S. Treasury Department, and several political campaigns. She recently created a new resource platform dedicated to the economic advancement and self‐reliance of women and girls around the world called Women@Work, which includes several books, a mentor matching program, and other related initiatives.

Christina earned a BA in Government and Theology from Georgetown University and attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she received an MBA in Business Strategy. Originally from Oklahoma, Christina now resides in Boston with her husband and two sons.