John is an experienced technology-industry leader and advisor who re-joined Battery as an executive in residence in 2022 after serving in the same role from 2011 to 2013. He is the former CEO and president of Guidewire Software, a Battery portfolio company, and throughout his career has held senior roles in marketing, sales and general management at high-growth, early-stage companies as well as publicly listed software firms.
John also currently serves on the boards of two Battery portfolio companies, MadCap Software and CrunchTime! Information Systems.
In addition to his prior role at Guidewire—where he spent more than nine years and was a co-founder—John also held senior roles at Seismic, where he was CMO, and Ariba, where he was a vice president and helped shift the company into sourcing and spend management. He joined Ariba through its acquisition of SupplierMarket, where he was one of the first six employees and on the management team. John was directly involved in raising investor at Seismic, Guidewire and SupplierMarket and helped Guidewire and SupplierMarket prepare for initial public offerings.
John also has extensive international business experience and led both Guidewire and MRO Software to build international revenue to more than 40% of each company’s total sales. He has also worked as a managing director and venture partner at F-Prime Capital, a firm focusing on early-stage software investments, and started his career working with nuclear submarines for Westinghouse.
John graduated summa cum laude with a BS degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He also holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.