John is an Associate and Special Projects Market Chief at JLR. He has been with JLR for 35 years, and in progressively responsible leadership roles for the past 25. The progression of these leadership roles has included a tenure for 18 years on the Board of Directors.
The creation of the Special Projects Market Chief role and assigning to John was specifically for the purpose of leveraging his experience in most of the larger fast track, alternate delivery projects he delivered in his career. Furthermore, John has a very keen mind for problem solving, putting himself in team members’ shoes, client thinking, and working to get the most out of project teams.
His collaborative approach is very encouraging to team members to ensure the best JLR has to offer can be achieved on every project. This is critical for special projects because often in the alternate delivery models, the old school methodology and solutions will not fit with the larger project goals and in fact form the basis for selecting the alternate delivery model.
An analogy for the special projects model and its leadership can be the conductor of an orchestra with each score being different needing entry of the team members’ efforts (disciplines) at different, but key times and elevating their thinking at a right pace to achieve the correct answer meshing frictionlessly in the solution. Holding these large blocks of information in mind without becoming awash in details is part of the Special Projects market team’s expertise.
When not occupied with projects, John is frequently on a river fly fishing, cycling, and advancing his photography hobby.