Christopher A. Black has been the Chief Financial Office of Viamedia, Inc. since December 2012. Prior to Viamedia, Mr. Black was the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Vivint, Inc. Vivint is the second largest residential security and home automation company in North America and is the third largest in the world. Mr. Black was instrumental in driving significant earnings, value and market share growth at the company. EBITDA more than tripled during his tenure at Vivint and the company’s $2 Billion sale to Blackstone in November 2012 was considered the largest such sale in the history of the residential security industry. He led numerous financings during his tenure with the company including a 20-bank, $800 Million senior debt deal which was the largest such transaction ever competed in the residential security space. Mr. Black was awarded the 2012 Utah CFO of the Year for his leadership in Vivint’s growth.
Prior to joining Vivint, Mr. Black was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Commercial Lines Inc. (“ACLI”), a NASDAQ-listed company. ACLI is a fully integrated marine transportation company headquartered in Jeffersonville, IN and is one of the largest barge transportation and manufacturing companies in the U.S. with approximately 3,000 employees and $1 billion in revenue. Mr. Black joined ACLI in February 2005 and helped lead the Company’s Initial Public Offering, which Forbes Magazine cited as one of the top five IPO’s in 2005. The Wall Street Journal recognized ACLI as one of the top 25 performing stocks in the nation during 2006. During Mr. Black’s tenure at ACLI, the company achieved the three most profitable years in the company’s 100 year history. The company grew from $600 million in revenues and $80 million in EBITDA to approximately $1.1 billion and $200 million in revenues and EBITDA, respectively.
Prior to joining ACLI, Mr. Black served as Vice President and Treasurer of Wabash National Corporation. Located in Lafayette, IN, Wabash National is one of the largest manufacturers of truck trailers in the world and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. During his tenure year at Wabash, Mr. Black helped lead a highly successful set of debt and equity financings.
Mr. Black spent the first 11 years of his career as a corporate banker with banks including SunTrust Bank and PNC Bank, where he focused on financing large corporate national companies. He graduated from Wabash College (Indiana) with a B.A. and from Indiana State University with an MBA in Finance. Mr. Black was born and raised in Crawfordsville, IN and is married with two children.