"Identifying and recruiting world class talent starts by guiding each client to articulate a winning strategy, define pressing challenges and express their corporate culture."

John earned a reputation as an expert in technology and business services. He focuses on software-as-a-service, big data, consumer Internet, online marketplaces, financial technology and marketing services. He recruits senior leadership for private equity and venture-backed portfolio companies, as well as high-growth Fortune 1000 companies.

Prior to ON Partners, John served as Managing Partner at Cook Associates. He also led the North American Financial Technology Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates.

John draws on an extensive background in marketing, sales and corporate strategy for organizations including Citi f/i (financial interactive) for the Global Consumer Bank at Citigroup, Mars & Co and ICI Americas.

John received his BS degree magna cum laude in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.

He is a member of the Tufts Alumni Council and an Advisory Committee member for the Massachusetts Innovation Index.


Recent News

Board Leadership Journal: 5 Strategic Talent Imperatives for the Boardroom

By John Barrett + Bryan Buck  

Successful Placement: AffinityX - COO

AffinityX Starts Off Q2 2019 with Rapid Growth, New C-Level Executives and Expanded Board of Directors AffinityX, the leading white-label creative and marketing services partner behind the biggest[…]

Tech Hiring Softens in First Quarter - Q1 2019 DIGITAL JOBS INDEX

Boston Increases 0.5%; New York Increases 0.4%; Bay Area Increases 0.9% The 9 hottest jobs in IT

From multi-cloud integrator to cryptocurrency engineer, these emerging and resurging IT roles may be your best path forward in the years to come. Excerpt from an article by Paul Heltzel featuring[…]

Boston Globe: Rents soar as health companies bloom

Excerpt from an article by Scott Kirsner featuring John Barrett, Partner, ON Partners. 10 Traits Of The Modern Chief Digital Officer

Excerpt from an article by Stephanie Overby featuring John Barrett, Partner, ON Partners.

Xconomy: Amazon, Google, Facebook Boosted 2018 Tech Hiring Spree in U.S. Hubs

Excerpt from an article by Jeff Engel featuring John Barrett, Partner, ON Partners.

Tech Hiring Remains Strong Through End of 2018 - Q4 2018 DIGITAL JOBS INDEX

New York hiring outpaces Boston, Bay Area in Q4 and 2018 overall, according to latest data from ON Partners   BOSTON, MA – February 27, 2019 – ON Partners, the results-driven retained executive[…]

Spotlight ON: Chris Comparato, Chief Executive Officer - Toast

ON Partners Client Spotlight Series offers timely insights and strategies from leading global executives. In this spotlight: Chris Comparato, Chief Executive Officer of Toast discusses the unique[…]

BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL: Here are the tech firms hiring the most in the Boston area this year

Excerpt from an article by Kelly J. O'Brien  featuring John Barrett, Partner, ON Partners.