Evolve Leadership

Meet the people behind Evolve

Chris Tollefson
Chris TollefsonCMO
Over his 25 year career, Chris has led strategic technology programs for clients around the world. He founded Evolve because he believes that business today is on the cusp of radical change and his team is uniquely qualified to help clients make the most of it.

Before Evolve, Chris was Global Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Logic Information Systems where he led significant year over year growth under his leadership. Chris brings a deep commitment to client success to every challenge.

Chris holds a BS from St. Cloud State University and lives in Eagan where he enjoys coaching his two high school sons in baseball and hockey.

Jenell Scott
Jenell ScottVice President of Operations
As VP of Operations at Evolve, Jenell leads the team responsible for developing policies, reporting and analysis to manage Evolve’s business and drive overall profitability. Jenell is excited to work with cutting edge technology and build a culture that inspires great work at Evolve.

Prior to joining the founding team at Evolve, Jenell was the Director of Operations for Logic from 2008 until 2015. While at Logic, she set up operations for large technology programs in offices around the globe. Before Logic, Jenell was a consultant with Chrysler Financial.

Jenell holds a BA from Hamline University and completed the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. When she’s not at work, Jenell enjoys golf, water skiing and spending time with her family including two daughters, one in elementary and the other in middle school.

Adil Fakier
Adil FakierClient Executive
As Evolve’s Client Executive, Adil collaborates with vendor and client teams, putting methodology into action to bring programs to life. With over 14 years of implementation and technology leadership, Adil has spearheaded global implementations for some of the world’s top retailers. He provides the vision and action that holds global enterprise programs together and we’re thrilled to have him at Evolve.

Adil’s goal is to do nothing less than help revolutionize retail, starting from the ground up. Before Evolve, Adil worked at Oracle where he doubled the consulting revenue on the programs he managed by providing excellent value and results for customers.

Adil grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Information systems from Peninsula Technikon. Today he lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters and enjoys competitive squash and beach volleyball.


Kannan Venkataraman
Kannan VenkataramanEnterprise Architect
Kannan’s wide breadth of experience leading custom software development and large scale implementations spans 30 years across manufacturing, healthcare and CPG.

As a strategic leader, Kannan brings an unparalleled drive for value and results to every engagement. Throughout his career, Kannan has worked with large global organizations as well as building start-ups in emerging markets. Before Evolve, Kannan managed operations for a $30+MM Global Business Shared Services implementation at a large CPG company.

Kannan earned a Masters degree in Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, India. Today he lives in Apple Valley where he enjoys carpentry, travelling, music and movies.

Jason Shiggs
Jason ShiggsSenior Consultant
In the last ten years, Jason has contributed extensively to retail planning and optimization applications for top global organizations. His deep expertise with Infor Implementation Accelerators and Infor Development Methodology ensures that programs move as quickly as possible.

Whatever Jason works on, he is fueled by finding new ways to help clients utilize groundbreaking technologies. He takes great pride managing in worry-free implementations.

Jason holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Loyola College in Maryland. He has lived in Saint Paul for well over a decade with his wife and two kids where he enjoys cycling and distance running.

Jeff Kish
Jeff KishEngagement Director
As part of the Evolve Team, Jeff will bring his experience in the areas of next-generation commerce, mobility, customer-centricity, and the entire retail portfolio.

Jeff previously lead the delivery of a Mobile Loyalty Application and various customer-experience improvements to finishline.com, and most recently worked on a project for Macy’s Omnichannel fulfillment.

Jeff has also worked in executive roles at the following retailers: Finish Line, Belk Inc., Restoration Hardware, Stage Stores, Ann Taylor and Walden Book Company. He has lead multi-year initiatives involving Forecasting, Planning, Merchandising, Omni-channel Commerce, Customer Centricity, and Supply Chain. He also has vast experience in IT transformation including implementations of solutions in Merchandising, Store Systems, and Supply Chain Execution.


Jerome Ottenwaelter
Jerome OttenwaelterEngagement Director
As an Engagement Director at Evolve, Jerome drives customer satisfaction for Infor Retail customers from sales to delivery.

Jerome has lead large and complex transformation programs in North America, Europe and Asia. He has over 16 years of retail-focused consulting experience implementing and integrating systems in merchandising, planning and optimization, point-of-service and business intelligence.

Jerome’s previous experience includes work at Logic Information Systems, Retek, JDA, and Quantum Retail as well as Accenture.

Deanna Emsley
Deanna EmsleyEngagement Director
Deanna is a career-long retailer with over 25 years of experience. She also has 10+ years of leadership experience in retail consulting, including leading the Consulting Delivery team for Oracle Retail’s Planning, Supply Chain & Optimization practice. Deanna has worked with more than 100 retailers worldwide to deliver sustainable and transformational value.

As the Senior VP of Inventory Management at a multi-channel apparel and accessories retailer, Deanna re-engineered the roles, responsibilities and end-to-end processes of the planning organization. This included designing and delivering a best-of-breed planning system that encompassed assortment planning, item planning and merchandise financial planning capabilities.

Deanna has been married for 20 years and is a “Mom” to two 200 lb. dogs.