John O'ConnellActivist Investor Expert at Oasis Group
John has more than 28 years of leadership experience in both emerging businesses and mature, established organizations. He started his career designing and developing financial applications at Merrill Lynch and KPMG Peat Marwick. He transitioned from developing technology into generating revenue while leading pre-sales efforts at KPMG.
John moved into a leveraged compensation plan sales role while leading the financial services vertical for Sybase. He was a member of the leadership team during the IPO of InterWorld Corporation, which achieved a market capitalization of $2.8bn. He held a senior leadership positions for the sale of a firm to a private equity company and the packaging of 2 other firms for their sale to publicly traded firms.
John returned to Merrill Lynch to lead a global finance technology team and remained at Merrill until the 2008 economic crisis.
He returned to sales and held North American leadership positions at Oracle for over 8 years and won numerous sales and sales leadership awards, including the top sales leader award for North America while leading middleware sales.
John held C-suite positions in his next 3 firms as the President of a private equity held FinTech firm, the Chief Revenue and Sales officer of a publicly traded insurance technology firm, and the Chief Revenue Officer of a publicly traded FinTech firm.
John is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for The Oasis Group. A firm specializing in helping financial services and technology firms to craft and leverage their Unique Value Proposition. A strong Unique Value Proposition will help a firm to clearly define their target market and messaging to attract their ideal prospective customers to them. This is critical to their sustained growth and success.
John is a Male Ally of the Females and Finance industry group and a member of the Marketing Advisory Council for his alma mater, Rider University. His firm employees 2 interns every semester from local universities to enable young entrepreneurs and next generation executives to work on real world projects.
John holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rider University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from the College of Staten Island.
When he is not leading the firm, John is an avid cyclist and a girl dad to three fantastic young women. He is an avid reader and is known for his unmatched ability to quote movies and song lyrics. He resides with his wife and family in central New Jersey.