Eric Arthur Kriss (born 1949) is a musician, writer and business executive who served as Secretary of Administration and Finance in Massachusetts Governor Romney's cabinet (January 2003 – October 2005), and as assistant A&F secretary under Governor William Weld (January 1991 – February 1993). Kriss currently is CEO of Workmode, Inc., a web applications developer that he founded in 1998.
In early 2005, Kriss was the first government official in the United States to publicly connect open document formats to a public policy purpose, and led the state's adoption of IT open standards.
In August 2006, Governor Romney and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board asked Kriss to lead a comprehensive review of the Turnpike following the ouster of Chairman Matthew J. Amorello and the collapse of a portion of the roof of the Ted Williams Tunnel. On October 19, 2006, Kriss recommended to the board that all tolls, except on airport tunnels, be eliminated. The board then voted to remove tolls west of the 128 toll plaza by June 30, 2007, essentially ending the Authority's original mission begun in 1952.
In 1984, Kriss helped launch Bain Capital, which now manages over $50 billion in assets. He was CEO of MediQual Systems (1993-98), a healthcare information company, and founder/CEO of MediVision (1983-1989), a network of eye surgery centers. In 2004, Kriss released Initial Public Offering, an audio CD featuring original compositions and interpretations. He has also written three books on blues piano, as well as numerous articles, reviews, and anthologies. In 1976, Kriss produced and performed on Mike Bloomfield's If You Love These Blues, Play 'Em As You Please, nominated for a Grammy Award.
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