John has 25 years of experience in general management and sales & marketing in leading-edge technology companies. He specializes in start-up and transformational management in B2B and B2C markets and has been responsible for revenue streams and capital investments in excess of $200 million as well as for small high-growth companies. He has held senior executive and CEO roles with international mobile and fixed multimedia and internet service providers, software developers and network infrastructure suppliers in both Europe and the USA. He has served on the boards of companies in Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.
John is the founder and managing partner of Santiva, which facilitates and provides international sales channels and routes to market for high technology companies. Santiva provides access to its extensive local partner networks and to its expertise, accelerating time to market while lowering risk. Santiva specializes in helping companies bridge between China and USA into Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).
John was formerly the CEO of RAM Mobile Data, where he led the $150 million build out and operation of wireless data networks in Netherlands and Belgium and led the company to profit. He was also VP business development EMEA for NextWave Wireless where he sourced and developed new large scale sales and joint venture opportunities in mobile broadband (WiMAX, UMTS 3G/4G, etc), mobile TV, and public safety. At KPN Qwest he was senior vice president for global enterprise connectivity product sales (internet access, broadband, hosting and IP transit services) which grew to €200 million in 3 years and he was responsible for 500 plus people in 8 countries. At VIA.NETworks, an international ISP, he was EVP for Europe and CEO for Netherlands and Germany and was responsible for revenues of $40 million.
John has worked with multinational telecom and IT companies, including AT&T/BellSouth, Global Crossing and Digital Equipment, where he has operated at VP level and above in international roles in data services, software development and systems integration. He has been involved with a number of start ups including EA Systems, a Silicon Valley-based software company, where he was a member of the executive team and started the European division, and Wireless LAN Systems based in Finland, where he led a small technology-focused team from a concept to a company with a multi-million euro funding arrangement.
John holds a BSc (first class honours) degree in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University, UK and an MA in International Management. He has UK and USA nationalities and is skilled in Dutch, French and German languages. He is also an MBA guest lecturer at the business schools at the universities of Birmingham, Exeter in the UK and University of Phoenix in The Netherlands. He is involved in community charity work through Rotary International.