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John Kaestle
John has over 25 years of executive leadership in diverse technology and complex manufacturing firms

At A Glance

  • CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, Board Chair, Board Member, Audit , Compensation, Governance, FCPA, UK Bribery Act
  • International markets - market entry, partnerships, operations
  • Board experience - US and international, public, private and joint ventures
  • Private and public financings, including recent IPO
  • Emerging markets business development/partnerships and JV’s
  • Technology commercialization, IP strategy and patents
  • Contracts /commercial negotiations
  • Acquisitions, divestitures, and several integrations (90 days)
  • Operated in multiple business models and channels (B2B, B2C)
  • Strong general management, financial and analytical skill-set

Key Leadership Accomplishments

  • Grew venture funded water technology start-up to full commercial scale company and took public (IPO) in 2010
  • Led $900 million private equity owned global chemicals company and improved operating results by 2x
  • Led major re-structuring of global water treatment technology company - reduced costs by $9 million and grew revenues by more than 20 percent in first year and secured long-term funding of $25 million


John Kaestle has over 25 years of executive leadership in diverse technology and complex manufacturing firms. He has extensive experience building businesses, operations and channels in emerging markets, delivering operational improvements and double-digit revenue and profit growth, as well as leadership of a successful IPO. He has a strong capacity to define a winning strategy, sell it, and engage and empower people to contribute their very best and has consistently built strong teams and created value for shareholders. John’s prior roles include manufacturing, operations, finance, IT, sales and marketing, business development, supply chain and executive leadership in over 40 countries across Asia, North and South America, China, India and the EU. John holds a BA in Economics and Quantitative Methods from Haverford College and an MBA with distinction from the Amos Tuck Business School, Dartmouth College.