John established NextVista to offer an experienced, pragmatic approach to major new business development and transformational growth—an approach that integrates strategy, technology, organizational development and finance. He is an operations-oriented leader with a record of driving significant profitable growth and delivering high returns by building rapidly growing businesses, negotiating major transactions, and strengthening organizational growth capacity in both domestic and international markets.
Before establishing the NextVista Group, John was Senior Vice President, New Growth Platforms at Avery Dennison, where he led the creation and development of significant new businesses for this global packaging company. He also founded NeoCollect, a website for collectors of fine and decorative arts, antiques and other valuable collectibles.
John was previously Senior Vice President, Strategy of Staples, the world’s leading office products company and second largest e-commerce site globally. Prior to joining Staples, John was co-founder and CEO of Manifold Products, a Boston-area start-up focused on developing innovative consumer products based on new and proprietary technologies. Before founding Manifold, John was a Managing Director with TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion venture capital fund affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners and Putnam Investments. Prior to that, John was a Managing Director in DLJ’s Technology Investment Banking Group.
Earlier in his career, John spent nine years at Harvard Management Company, where he was a Managing Director in the Harvard Private Capital Group, Harvard University’s direct private equity investment program. From 1983 until 1990, John was a consultant in the New York office of McKinsey & Company, where he led teams that evaluated strategic, operational and organizational issues primarily for large consumer packaged goods and durables manufacturers. From 1979 until 1983, he worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble.
John received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an SB in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.