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John O'Brien

John O’Brien is a partner at Howard & O’Brien Executive Search.  He has led C-level searches with Fortune 500 firms, private companies, family owned companies, institutes of higher learning, and non-profit organizations. With his current focus on strategic recruitment consulting, John assists clients in the areas of general management, marketing, sales, finance, strategy, and operations. He previously worked for Union Carbide, First Brands, Clorox, and The Sherwin-Williams Company in leadership positions in marketing and general management.


John is a board member and former board chair of America SCORES Cleveland, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and make a difference in the world through daily after-school and summer programming that combines soccer, poetry, and service learning.


John earned his Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and his BS in business administration from the University of Kansas.


Immersion in your strategic direction makes John your best advocate for fit. Contact John today.