About John

John’s Background

John has five years of executive coaching experience, having retired as a Partner with Spencer Stuart, the largest privately-held executive search firm in the world. With more than 40 years of professional experience, he works at the highest levels of the US and international business community.

John’s combination of coaching and search experience has provided him with thousands of hours of relevant experience. He has completed both the Coaching Intensive Training program and the Master Coach Program at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive coaching certification programs in the United States.  He holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential.
John began his search career at Russell Reynolds Associates in 1986, having been recruited from LaSalle Partners (now Jones Lang La Salle), a commercial real estate leasing firm, which he had joined in 1984. While at Russell Reynolds, he started and led the Aerospace search practice and was elected Partner in 1988.

In 1991, he joined Heidrick & Struggles. Over the next twelve years, he started and led the Aerospace practice, was elected Partner in 1993, managed the Greenwich, Connecticut office, led the firm’s global Industrial Practice, and was a charter member of both the Nominating and Partnership Committees.

In 2003, he joined Spencer Stuart and was elected Partner in 2006. He managed the Aerospace/Defense practice and was a member of both the CEO and Boards of Directors search practices.

John graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 with an A.B. in economics, having attended Dartmouth with a full Naval ROTC Scholarship. Upon graduation, he served as an officer in the US Navy for six years. In 1978, having fulfilled his service obligation, he joined Ogden Marine as Chartering Manager. Ogden owned and operated more than 40 US and foreign flag tankers and dry bulk carriers sailing all over the world, and John was responsible for arranging cargos and charters for the entire fleet. During this period, both while in the Navy and at Ogden, John earned a M.S. in Marine Transportation from SUNY Maritime College, with honors, and an MBA from New York University, specializing in international economics.