Chris Harder

EVP Growth, Product Acceleration & Awards at Starcom Worldwide

Chris Harder has extensive experience in the advertising industry, primarily working for Starcom and MediaVest. Chris held executive positions such as EVP and SVP at both companies, overseeing major accounts and leading successful pitches. At Starcom, they were responsible for managing clients such as Walt Disney Studios, ABC Cable, and Mattel. Chris also played a key role in the agency's growth, leading the LA office and mapping out strategic brand vision. During their time at MediaVest, they contributed to winning the American Honda Motor Company and Mattel accounts, leading integrated experience creation and activation teams. Harder's recent roles include serving as EVP Client Lead for Olive Garden at Starcom, where they drove programmatic excellence and contributed to the agency's Product Acceleration Team. Chris also worked as an Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College of Chicago.

Chris Harder attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas at Austin. They also received additional certification from ASU Starcom - Executive Development Program through Canvas Credentials (Badgr) in 2023. Chris also completed training at the Second City Training Center.



  • EVP Growth, Product Acceleration & Awards

    January, 2020 - present

  • Evp, Client Lead

    December, 2016

  • Executive Vice President


  • Senior Vice President


  • Vp, Media Director