John most recently was President of Olive Garden and a member of Darden Restaurants’ Executive and Operating Teams. He also served as Darden’s first Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to Darden John was with Unilever in a number of senior marketing roles in both North America and Europe including VP and General Manager – Beverages (Lipton) North America. John currently serves on the boards of Tijuana Flats, IZEA and Thrive Frozen Nutrition.
In addition, John is active in the Central Florida community having been appointed by the Mayor of Winter Park to the Economic Development Advisory Board (Chairman) and the City’s Visioning Steering Committee. He is a member of Entrepreneurs in Action â€“ an initiative of the Central Florida Foundation; an Advisory Board member for the Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship; an Advisory Board member for the Rosen College of Hospitality Management (University of Central Florida); and serves as President of the Winter Park Racquet Club.
John received a MBA in Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business as well as a Master’s degree in American Politics from New York University’s School of Politics. He earned a BA in Political Science from Colorado College.