John joined Chrysalis in 2007, initially as Executive-in-Residence and one year later as Venture Partner. An expert in wireless telecommunications, he assists current portfolio companies in the technology sector. John serves on the board of directors for select Chrysalis investments.
John has over 20 years of business development, strategic planning and financial experience, most recently as Vice President, Business Development of Sprint Nextel Corporation. As a member of Nextel’s senior management team since 1989, he was instrumental in leading the company through an intensive growth phase via a series of mergers and acquisitions, and completed several significant new business transactions including the creation of Nextel Partners, Inc. and Boost Mobile LLC. In recent years, John managed Nextel’s private equity investments and led the negotiations with technology, infrastructure, and device partners for the company’s planned rollout of Wimax technology. Before joining Nextel, John worked for First Chicago Corporation in various capacities, principally in the areas of venture capital, mezzanine capital and private equity.
John has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.