Chief Product Officer and GM
Scaling SaaS Companies
Scaling SaaS product businesses by communicating with customers and colleagues and creating continuously improving data-driven processes. Bridging what is possible (tech: PhD, CTO, platforms) with what is valuable (business: SaaS board member, Stanford instructor, partners) and driving product strategy to delivery in GM, Chief Product Officer, and SVP Product roles at companies such as SAP and Salesforce.
Previously SVP Platform at SAP Concur
Managed Product Organizations:
Led small and large (120+) distributed product teams which included product management, UX, software dev, and sales support. Built over 10 and enhanced over 20 products in 20+ year career.
Led Product Management for 10+ Years:
Acted as a product manager, built product management teams, and defined market / client focused processes.
Taught Product Management Course at Stanford; Lectured at Google:
Taught “Building Software Products from Strategy to Sales" twice at Stanford Continuing Studies.
Lectured on topic at Google.
Defined SaaS Strategy:
Focused on enterprise workflow, analytics, marketing automation, cloud data services, and social/collaboration.
Board Member for Last 10 Years:
Enterprise SaaS and social focused companies
Ph.D. Computer Engineering:
U.S. Department of Education GRATE Fellow
Company Founder and Company Officer:
On founding team of four companies and officer of private and public companies.
l"He is one of those rare combinations: a bona fide 'techie' with great communications and general business skills. The sales force loved him at (company) where he was in a senior product management role." -Company President
“John sets the strategic and tactical development of software based on his extensive experience with effective and efficient processes. He is also a fast learner of new markets and products. In a very short time he gained the respect of our Sales force thanks to his determination and commitment to get the job done. John is also a great manager: he motivates and inspires, directs but also delegates, gains your trust but also gives you his trust. He is always open to discussions and provides constructive feedback. Working with John is extremely rewarding.” -Member of John's Team
“My time working with John was highly educational and enjoyable. John mentored me and helped me learn about management techniques and product development. This helped me grow as an individual and as a professional. John has an easy way about him, but can also be firm and resolute. It is this combination of traits that made him the calming force in turbulent waters of a small company. Whether working with marketers, executives, customers or engineers, John was able to tailor his message and achieve great results. It was clear that John could handle a large team with significant responsibilities. His style and methodologies made it easy to be a contributor on his team and take initiatives for positive change. I would recommend John for any senior level position. I think he makes a strong anchor to a team and can help move the ship in the right direction." -Member of John's Team
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