John J. Keller
Managing DirectorNew York
With 20+ years of executive search and advisory success, John's placements have driven billions of dollars in value, transformed companies, and built great teams. His passion is finding gifted individuals who innovate, execute, and create exceptional value.
Self-made, fiercely independent grandson of Irish and Italian immigrants, labored in a nursery, mucked out stalls at a horse farm. Within 10 years launched a career as an investigative reporter covering consumer stories, the Media, in later years Technology and Telecommunications for The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and CNBC during an era of momentous change. He then switched careers to Retained Search/Advisory work, joining one of the search industry’s top global firms to recruit CEOs, Board Directors while also building major practices in Tech, Telecommunications and Assessment. He has been recruiting CEOs, senior leadership and board directors ever since—a journey made all the more rich by his family, friends, charitable giving and the music he can summon from his guitars when he isn’t avidly reading history.
John leads our CEO, General Management, and Board Practice and our Innovation & TMT Practice. His work centers on the Technology, Media, Digital, Data and Telecommunications sectors. He also aids clients seeking an infusion of Technology/Digital senior talent.
Industry & Consulting Experience
Senior Partner, Practice Leader Spencer Stuart; Vice Chairman CEO & Boards Practice Korn/Ferry International; Vice Chairman/Executive Committee and Practice Leader CTPartners; Managing Director/Founding Practice Leader Diversified Search. Numerous Company Advisory Boards. Earlier award-winning news career included Communications Week founding editor; Industry Editor/Reporter Business Week; Senior Editor/Reporter The Wall Street Journal and contributing reporter/commentator CNBC.