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John J. Keller

Managing Director
New York

About John

As Managing Director, John leads Raines’ Innovation & Technology Practice and co-leads Raines’ CEO & Board Practice. He began his career as an investigative reporter and editor, and broke major news on the Technology, Media and Telecom Sectors. His Page 1 and industry reports for The Wall Street Journal drew Pulitzer nominations and major awards from the nation’s top editors. Earlier he helped drive Tech reporting for BusinessWeek. He pegs much of his success to highly accomplished editors/mentors during a time of momentous competitive and technology transformation, moving the world from sleepy Analog into the Digital revolution of the Internet, Mobility, Software innovation, and eCommerce.

Writing about management and board actions during this era gave John a unique platform from which to launch a second successful career—focusing on these same sectors—as a CEO, C-Suite and Board search consultant and advisor. John’s work afforded him a central role in some of the most successful CEO- and Board-led business transformations of the past 20 years. His clients are companies both public and private as well as those backed by Private Equity and Venture Capital that can benefit from his experience and access to exceptional leaders. Aside from work, John draws purpose from the love and encouragement of his family and friends, charitable giving, historical bios, his guitars, and travel.

Industry & Consulting Experience

Senior Partner, Practice Leader Spencer Stuart; Vice Chairman CEO & Boards Practice, Korn Ferry; Vice Chairman/Executive Committee and Practice Leader, CTPartners; Managing
Director, Technology/Innovation Practice, Diversified Search. Numerous Advisory Boards.

News Career: Senior Editor/Reporter The Wall Street Journal, contributing WSJ commentator CNBC; Industry Editor/Reporter Business Week; Founding Team/International Editor Communications Week.

Practice Areas

CEO & Board CFO & Financial Officers Innovation & Technology


B.A. in English, Journalism, & Business, Baruch College


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