Born and raised in Southern California, I am an optimist by nature who has been asked repeatedly to dive in and lead turn arounds of global businesses. Whether it is losing millions of dollars a month, has major client issues, is shrinking instead of growing, requires some M&A, needs a major restructuring, or all of the above, I have done it many times over.
I have led teams in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia at a scale of $2B+ in P&L, teams of more than 10,000 in over 100 countries, closed over $15B in sales, and improved profitability by over $600M annually.
I've been a Founder, CEO, COO, CTO, CIO, MD, GM and also cleaned tables at Sea World as a summer job in high school....
I can help any company take advantage of, and navigate the complexities of, using technology as a competitive advantage.
I've been married almost 30 years to the love of my life, have two wonderful grown children, and two rescue dogs - life is good!
To date, as the “turn around guy”, I have led teams in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia at a scale of $2B in P&L, teams of more than 12,000 in over 100 countries, closed over $15B in sales, and improved profitability by over $600M annually.
I am particularly proud of turning around a struggling business in Europe. Rebuilt the leadership team, partnerships, customer relationships, and employee trust in a massive turn around of over $200M in annual profit improvement over 2 years on an $800M business.
Consolidated multiple U.S. based business groups together and creating a $640M+ annual revenue business unit delivering $61M+ in operating income improvement in 2 years.
Finished acquisition and integration of businesses in Malaysia and Hong Kong, expanded service center by 700%, and improved operating margin by 4% in first 12 months leading a business in APAC in 23 countries in over 2000 locations
Consolidated 3 organizations into a $1B technology solutions vertical, grew 12% and reduced costs by $50M+ the first year
GROWING IS ALWAYS MORE FUN
As one of those people who run to a fire, instead of away, I have walked into some of the most challenging leadership roles on the planet and learned A LOT!
Growing a business, especially a damaged one, is tough but over the years through several successful turn arounds and coaching dozens of company leaders on how to grow their companies, there has always been a path to growth.
Restructuring the sales process, team, tools, and organizational structure has enabled my teams or those I've coached to pivot into a new markets, partner effectively to grow together, land and expand, and cultivate great customer growth quickly.
I have depth in both commercial and public sector and have honed optimal sales processes for small and large transactions globally
My teams have closed over $15B in sales delivering profitable growth over my time as a leader selling products, services, and complex solutions.
A personal thank you to all those who I have had the honor to work with in making that happen!!
CHAIRMAN, BOARD MEMBER, ADVISOR, COMMITTEE CHAIR
I have been Chairman of 14 companies in 7 countries including Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark.
Board Member of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Executive Committee, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Board Member of the American Red Cross National Capital Region, Executive Committee member, Chair of the Biomedical Services Committee, member of the Disaster Preparedness and Diversity and Inclusion Committees
Benefits Committee Member at NYSE: SAIC
Business Advisory Board to Bender Consulting Services which specializes in first time competitive employment of people with disabilities
Board Advisor to over 15 technology solutions, software services, and technology start-up companies focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber security, and big data.
Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
In 2018 I founded a board and executive advisory firm growing quickly to serve several technology start-ups (angel investor, venture capital, private equity owned) and technology services and solutions companies around the world.
We primarily focus on company strategy, go-to-market enablement, digitization, and accelerating the growth and new market entry for technology services companies and recently helping companies with artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT enabled,hyper-automated SaaS solutions grow in commercial and government markets.
We have served companies of all sizes and ownership models from Angel Investor / Venture Capital / Private Equity owned, Fortune 500, Non-Profits, Employee Owned Companies.
To learn more, take a look at our website. Happy to help anyone understand these massively disruptive technologies in all walks of life - and it's here now and growing fast!
I have had the opportunity to live overseas for more than 9 years in wonderful countries and led teams in over 100. What a great World we live in!
That being said, I love my home country, like most people do, and I have been honored and proud to serve as an employee of the U.S. Government Department of Defense for over 9 years and have our country as my customer for several years.
Working with Defense, Civilian, and Intelligence customers adds a spring to my step and a tailwind coming to work knowing that my team and I are helping our country every day.
As a Civil Servant, I worked on the Global Positioning System, flight tested missiles, improved amphibious vehicles, and led architecture work on Information Systems. The leadership I observed and learned with large responsibilities early in my career, has informed and shaped my career and bias towards working with great leaders.
I have roots back to the American Civil War and American War for Independence and I am thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in our country every day.
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
People say giving to others is more rewarding than receiving... I can't agree more!
I work with the American Red Cross, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and The Bender Leadership Academy as a Board Member.
I LOVE the energy and rewarding time I spend in teaching, coaching, answering questions, or celebrating graduation at the Bender Leadership Academy, an in person class designed to help our next generation workforce at the high school and trade school level with a focus on providing the guidance, tools, and insights for those with disabilities to obtain first time competitive employment for over 20 years.
The Nation's blood supply is under constant pressure, especially during a pandemic, and it has been my honor to chair the committee focused on getting donated blood from volunteers into the arms of those who are suffering.
One donation can save 3 lives!
If you haven't already, please take some time to donate blood as soon as you can. It can make the difference in life or death for a loved one.
Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership
Post Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence Implications for Business
On the path less traveled...
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JOHN F WALSH III