Chris Jones

Vice President and Principal Analyst

Chris Jones was one of the three founders of Canalys in 1999 and is based in the Canalys Americas office in Palo Alto, Calif. Chris specializes in mobile ecosystems and devices—from mobile phones to notebook computers.

In 2000, Chris pioneered market-specific analysis around smartphones and handhelds, helping Canalys to become the leading global provider and standard source of data and analysis for these devices. Under Chris’ leadership, Canalys’ Smart Phone Analysis services—renowned for their quality, consistency, clear device segmentation, timeliness, and respected team of analysts—continue to add customer value by regularly increasing the depth and breadth of the research covered.

In 2003, Chris initiated Canalys’ research into location-based services (LBSs), with the successful Mobile Navigation Analysis services. Canalys produced the industry’s first quarterly shipment tracking and analysis service in this segment, which also became the recognized source of market intelligence in the LBS industry.

Chris has given keynote speeches at many industry conferences and has worked on numerous consultancy projects for Canalys clients over the years. Recent projects have centered on LBSs, connected notebooks and netbooks, market entry strategies, channel strategies, and vendor due diligence. He is regularly quoted in the influential business and trade press on mobility issues.

Prior to joining Canalys, Chris spent five years with Gartner, mainly within Dataquest’s European PC Group. His principal activities were to manage Dataquest’s quarterly PC market program in Europe, to lead its research into handheld computing and to represent Europe within Dataquest’s worldwide PC analysis efforts. Before joining the PC Group, Chris worked on projects for several research units, covering the networking, document management, storage, and software markets.

Chris graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Studies, specializing in Marketing.