John’s interest in board governance dates back to when he was about six years-old and his parents received a proxy statement in the mail to vote their AT&T shares. For some reason, young John was intrigued by this filing and badgered his mother with questions like: Who are these people? Why do we have to vote for them? What does all this mean? Later, with relatives in the proxy services industry, John peppered them with questions about the back-story of how the proxy process works.
Trained and licensed as a CPA, John graduated from Rutgers University and went to work for (then) Coopers & Lybrand as an auditor. This role led him to 20 years at the American Institute of CPAs, focused first on professional regulation and then on growing the beans rather than counting them. It was in this role that John again stoked the governance fire within when he wrote a book: AICPA Audit Committee Toolkit following the financial crisis in the early 2000s. It was during this time that John and Joan Pastor first collaborated on speaking engagements and an award-winning article.
With governance again a rekindled interest John returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers in the national office, focused on board governance issues. At PwC John spent time consulting, studying, researching and speaking on corporate governance matters. He was either the lead or a contributing author on a number of governance publications, including:
- Governance for Companies Going Public
- Family Business Board Governance Series
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John also spent some time working with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountant which writes ethical standards for the global accounting profession. All these experiences le John back to collaborating with Joan Pastor – a unique combination of a governance expert and a human/ organization behavior expert bringing their skills to improving board performance.