John Campbell is an innovative problem solver and compassionate leader whose career began with military service, spanned several continents as a senior operating executive, entrepreneur, executive coach, not for profit founder, and most recently, United States Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Warrior Care and Transition Policy.
John’s career trajectory began with his Marine Corps service from 1967 to 1970 during which he served in Vietnam as a rifle platoon commander and company executive officer, receiving two purple hearts.
After the military, John enjoyed a successful career in the financial services industry, first at J. P. Morgan & Company, Inc. where he rose to assume a key role in the merger of the National and International Banking Divisions and later, responsibility for the Bank’s lending portfolio in the Southern Cone of Latin America during that region’s debt crisis.
John then served in several rigorous line leadership roles at Credit Suisse, including Managing Director and Head of Commercial Banking, North America and later, as Chief of Staff for Global Banking, during the merger of the bank with the investment bank, First Boston.
In 1999, John brought his diverse industry experience, skills and his extensive network of senior executives and influencers to Wf360, a New York-based firm where he served as Chief Operations Officer and Senior Advisor. Wf360 was established to help global corporations such as NYSE Euronext, Ernst and Young, Baker & McKenzie, Ameriprise, Time Warner and Cathay Pacific Airlines engage in customized, multimedia programs that enhance corporate brands.
In 2006, in the midst of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he fulfilled a long standing desire to help returning military service members by founding and serving as the Chief Executive Officer of MyVetwork, a not for profit social network dedicated to building an on-line community where transitioning service members, wounded warriors, and military families could connect, find resources and share information in a single, coordinated, virtual location. At the same time John founded JRC Advisors to work as a certified career and transition coach with a diverse group of senior corporate executives and military officers.
In 2010, John was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Secretary of Defense’s wounded warrior and transition policy advisor on issues of disability evaluation processing, severely wounded, ill and injured financial compensation policy, the reinvigoration of the DoD, VA, DoL managed Transition Assistance Policy, and new efforts to improve the choices facing military caregivers and veteran homelessness. For his work at the Pentagon from 2010 to 2013, John was awarded the Secretary’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.
Since leaving the Pentagon and returning to the private sector, John continues to provide his unique combination of expertise as a leader and deep understanding of the needs of military service members and their families. Recent engagements include, for example, his work as an Advisor to 10Rule®, a cloud based Workforce Performance Application Suite whose mission is to replicate a firm’s top 10% performer production throughout the organization.
John serves as a Board Director of the Partnership for Palliative Care, which creates solutions for people living with chronic disease and serious illness, the Scholarship Committee of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Advisory Boards of GE’s Get Skills to Work Initiative and Unite US. John earned his BSBA from Georgetown University and his MBA from Columbia University. John and his wife, Susan Bird, live in New York City.