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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

July 7, 2009

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announced today that it has appointed Christopher J. (Chris) Winslow to the position of chief financial officer (CFO) and VP for Finance and Administration. Winslow will assume his duties at WHOI on August 24, 2009.

“I am delighted that Chris will be joining us,” said WHOI President and Director Susan K. Avery. “His knowledge, experience, and leadership are great assets that will move us forward in our financial, research, and management systems.”

Winslow has more than 25 years of finance and management experience in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. Most recently he served as the CFO of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a premier research institution and leader in technology transfer. There, he directed organizational financial strategies; cash management, budgeting, large-scale research-intensive construction projects, project management, and co-managed the $1.5 billion portfolio. Winslow was also responsible for bank and vendor relationships, human resource systems, information technology, contract and grant management, and facilities. Winslow also has extensive experience with intellectual property and licensing technology.

Winslow replaces Carolyn Bunker, who retired in April after serving as WHOI CFO since 2002. The Institution conducted a national search for her replacement, working with an executive search firm and an internal Search Advisory Committee comprised of Institution scientific and administrative staff that helped identify candidates.

Prior to his work at WARF, Winslow held numerous Executive level finance and operations positions with firms in the federal contract industry, transforming operations, sales, and finance. From 1982 to 1998, Winslow worked for the MITRE Corporation, a global systems engineering and research firm with revenues of $700 million, holding numerous finance and leadership positions until being appointed to vice president of finance 1996.

Winslow earned his B.A. from St. Anselm College and his MBA from Lesley College. He serves on the Nicholas Center External Board of Advisors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Board of Directors of SOLENs Film Company of Walpole, NH and Elon, NC, and of LWK Performing Arts, an independent performing arts company focusing on the challenges of fighting, surviving, and living with cancer.


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, independent organization in Falmouth, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the oceans and their interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean’s role in the changing global environment.