John A. Blair

Strategic Start-up Executive

JOHN A. BLAIR has more than 30 years’ experience in hi-tech start-ups, banking, international finance, systems development and executive management. He has held a variety of executive positions, including multiple CEO assignments and board positions in start-ups and Fortune 5 companies.  

As CEO of Executive Strategies, , a nationally recognized management consulting practice, he has started companies from scratch, raised venture capital, and created successful strategic growth plans. He has been involved in more than $11B in merger and acquisition activities, guided companies through the initial public offering process, and built strong customer service/operations focused organizations.  He currently holds multiple board and CEO advisory positions.  

In addition to his current duties at Executive Strategies, Mr. Blair is also a Venture Partner at Jumpstart, Inc where he participates in selection, due diligence evaluation and funding of high growth startups. In this capacity, he advises select portfolio companies in the SaaS, medical device, clean technology and biomedical industries, with focus on organizational development, business strategy, sales/marketing and fundraising.  

Prior to that, Mr. Blair was Vice President-Operations & Internet Services for Digital Generation Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:  DGIT), a Silicon Valley hi-tech start-up with a 1996 initial public offering.    Mr. Blair also served in senior executive positions for more than fifteen years in financial institutions including Citibank, Ameritrust, and Crocker Bank, and has additional experience in the manufacturing, computing, and engineering sectors. John started his career as a chemical engineer. Mr. Blair holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.  

Industry experience includes: Internet and E-commerce, SaaS/cloud based software companies, CRM, managed service providers, nanotechnology, medical devices, hosted solution providers, banking, service oriented companies.  

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