"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


Bay Area and New York Outpace Boston, according to latest report from ON Partners CLEVELAND, OH – May 21, 2018 – ON Partners, the results-driven retained executive search firm, has compiled the[…]

ON Point: Building Better Boards with Diversity

At ON Partners, our commitment to strategic diversity has led to more than 35% of successful searches resulting in diverse placements.  “We know first-hand that a strong roster of director candidates[…]

Successful Placement: Drizly CMO

Drizly adds top execs from Apple, Vistaprint, Drizly, the Boston-based creator of an online marketplace for alcohol, has added a trio of executives with experience at brand-name[…]

Successful Placement: Epsilon

Epsilon names Brian Serino Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Sales BOSTON—Oct 3— Epsilon®, a global leader in creating connections between people and brands, today announced that Brian Serino[…]

Year Ends on Sour Note with Digital Hiring At Five-Year Low - Q4 2016 Digital Jobs Index

New York Adds 1.5% for Q4 and 11.0% for 2016 Boston Adds 0.9% for Q4 and 10.1% for 2016  

Xconomy: Boston, NY Tech Job Growth Hits 5-Year Low, as Amazon Keeps Expanding

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

Successful Placement: C2 Education

C2 Education Names New Vice President of Marketing C2 Education announced the appointment of seasoned marketing professional Rich Pompilio as their new Vice President of Marketing. Pompilio is[…]

Third quarter tech hiring plummets in NYC and Boston - Q3 2016 Digital Jobs Index

New York Adds Just 2.0%, Boston Adds 1.1%  

Xconomy: Boston Tech Hiring Cools, Despite More Expansion at Wayfair, Amazon

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

Successful Placement: BridgeStreet

BridgeStreet announces top tech hire BridgeStreet, the global leader in Home and Serviced Apartments and Extended Stay experiences, has hired Aaron Turner as their Chief Technical Officer (CTO).[…]