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John Kaestle
John Kaestle

President and CEO, Board Member

Greater Seattle Area

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers
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Awards earned:

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Rating: 4.32/5 stars (645 ratings)

Level: LEVEL 05 (12mo pts: 3180 pts)

Lifetime points: 7351 pts View details

skills
Leadership 120
Manufacturing 70
Operations 56
Capital 26
water 24
Audit Committee 12
Private Equity 10
Financial Reporting 10
FCPA 5
Start-ups 3
Negotiation 2
Change Management 2
Business Strategy 1
Supply Chain Management 1
International Business Development
International Business
Cleantech
Global Strategy
clean water
Technology Development
Strategic Leadership
Emerging Markets
Global Operations
Organizational Development
Venture Capital
Joint Ventures
Channel Partners
Channel Management
Go To Market Strategies
Board Governance
Boards- Public and Private
Financial Management
Team Leadership
Board Leadership
Water technologies
Environmental Water Solutions
Environmental Science
Financial Audits
Commercial Negotiations
Iso 9000
Global Sourcing
Mergers
Managerial Finance
Go-to-market Strategy
Mergers & Acquisitions
New Business Development
Business Development
Team Building
Entrepreneurship
PROFILE

Summary

Global executive with track record of accelerated revenue growth, cost reductions, operating profit performance, and ROI to investors and shareholders in complex international businesses and markets. Led several successful turnaround ventures and developed businesses on a global scale. Built water Technology Company from research lab to fully commercialized international business and took public IPO in London in 2010. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
• Extensive Board experience - US and international.
• Multiple business models- capital intensive, product and services, technology-driven.
• Global operating experience in over 30 countries - China, India, SE Asia, EU and Americas.
• Emerging markets business development/partnerships and joint ventures.
• Contracts/commercial negotiations, acquisitions, divestitures, and integrations.
• Technology commercialization, IP strategy and patents.
• Strong operating results- revenue growth, cost reductions, operating profit performance.
• Private and public financings, including recent successful IPO.

Strong sector background in paper and packaging, specialty chemicals resins and adhesives, water technologies and environmental water solutions. Extensive operations expertise in scaling international operations, development and implementation of manufacturing reliable methods- Safety, Quality (TQM, Lean, ISO), Waste, Cost Reductions, Productivity, and Through-put.

Specialties: Global Business Development, Cleantech , Mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, business partnerships, JV's, capital raising, operations, Union negotiations , technology and IP management, manufacturing safety and quality ,channel development. Board Director, FCPA Compliance, Audit Committees, Leadership, water technologies and environmental water solutions.

Experience

President and CEO, Board Member

Markel Corporation

September 2014 - Present

Markel is a leading producer of high performance fluoropolymers (PTFE) extruded wire and tubing applications serving tier one automotive cable suppliers globally. 75% of Markel revenues are derived from exports to 28 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Markel is owned by Alliance Holdings in Philadelphia.
*Implemented Lean and TQP principles to drive quality, waste reduction, and significant improvements to plant productivity.
*Led Strategic Growth Planning effort
*Directed commercialization of new membrane technology
*Organizational culture change across salaried and Union hourly group
*Utilized unique forward contract strategy to hedge euro/dollar exchange rate impacts

Board Member

PURALYTICS

August 2017 - Present

ACTIVITY
  • Jan 2020 - Mar 2020

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Trends Impacting HR Benefit Options"

    Benefits Management
    Benefits Communication
    Benefits Design
    Benefits Administration
    Benefits Negotiation
    HR Benefits
    Health Insurance
    Employee Benefits
    Talent Acquisition
    Life Insurance
  • Jul 2019 - Feb 2020

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "The Future of Trust and It's Role in Business"

    Business Leadership
    CFO
    Business Strategy
    Needs Assessment
    Business Environment
  • Sep 2019 - Jan 2020

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Designing the Pay Equity Policy of the Future"

  • Sep 2019 - Sep 2019

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Overcoming the Challenges of Slow Moving Inventory"

    Inventory Management
    Slow Mover Optimization
    Supply Chain Management
    Forecasting
    Procurement
    Retail
  • Jul 2019 - Sep 2019

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Technology's Impact on the Future of Work"

  • Apr 2019 - Jul 2019

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "The Impact of Tariffs on Retailers and Manufacturers"

    Tariffs
    International Trade
    Trade Policy
    Policy Analysis
    Tariff Classification
    Tariffing & Pricing
    Tariff and Pricing Analysis
    Manufacturing Operations
    Distribution Strategies
    Strategy and Planning
  • Apr 2019 - Jul 2019

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "C-Suite Perceptions Over Professional Service Firms"

    CFOs
    Financial Reporting
    Financial Analysis
    Professional Services
    Enterprise Financial Services and Systems
  • May 2019

    Participated in a Sprint: "Leveraging Strategic Partnerships for Startup Growth"

  • 24 May 2019

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "plastic in toys"

  • 06 May 2019

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "US China economic war"

  • Feb 2019 - Apr 2019

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Driving Growth through Lean Startup Innovation"

    Lean Startup Methodology
    Go-to-market Strategy
    Corporate Development
    Lean Startup Techniques
    Lean Startup in the Enterprise
    Enterprise Architecture
  • Since Apr 2019

    Participating in a Map: "Sensing Trends and Disruptions Impacting the Finance Services Workforce"

  • Apr 2019 - Jul 2020

    Participated in a Map: "Sensing Trends and Disruptions Impacting the Finance Services Workforce"

  • Dec 2018 - Mar 2019

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Leadership Strategies & Tactics to Transform Corporate Culture"

    Leadership
    Corporate Culture
    Sales Effectiveness
    C-Level Communications
    Organizational Development
  • Feb 2019

    Participated in a Sprint: "Transforming Organizations into Superfluid Enterprises"

  • 21 Jan 2019

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "How can you survive the (arguably) upcoming US recession?"

  • Oct 2018 - Nov 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Senior Global Program Manager, Talent Acquisition Innovation"

    Talent Acquisition
    Human Resources
    Recruiting
    Succession Planning
    Organizational Development
    Global Sourcing
  • 18 Oct 2018

    Asked a question on OpenForum: "Does size matter?"

  • 09 Oct 2018

    Asked a question on OpenForum: "Global Leadership Teams"

  • 08 Oct 2018

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Beyond aquistion, what incentives are there to maintian a cohesive staff with diverse employees."

  • Jul 2018 - Sep 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Business Leadership in an Era of Rapid Technology Disruption"

    Audit Committee
    Audit Techniques and Audit Tools
    Technology Disruptor
    Finance
    Financial Reporting
    Audit Management
    Blockchain Technology
    Artificial Intelligence
    Audit Analytics
  • 31 Aug 2018

    Asked a question on OpenForum: "Innovation in Packaging"

  • Apr 2018 - Jul 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Disruptive Trends Impacting C-Level Leaders of Public & Private Companies"

    C-Level Relationships
    C-Level Executive Support
    C-Level Communications
    Board of Directors
    Board Governance
    Board of Directors Management
    Board of Directors Leadership
  • Mar 2018 - Jun 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Pain Points of Audit Board Committee Members"

  • Feb 2018 - Mar 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Inspiring Consumers to Recycle"

    Aerosol Packaging
    Recycling Behavior Analytics
    Customer Value Strategy
    Behavioural Change
    Integrated Marketing
    New Product Development
  • Feb 2018 - Mar 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Global Disruptions Facing Board Members"

    Global Board Director
    Disruption
    board member
    Independent Board Director
    Board of Directors
    Disruptive Technologies
  • 13 Feb 2018

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Driving Organization Change as an Audit Committee"

  • 07 Feb 2018

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Small Regulated Financial Services Audit Committee - Choosing audit firm"

  • 29 Jan 2018

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Small Business Competiveness"

  • 29 Jan 2018

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Making Audit part of the solution"

  • Dec 2017

    Participated in a Sprint: "Exploring the Application of UV LED Technology in Water Treatment"

  • Oct 2017 - Dec 2017

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Exploring the Challenges and Disruption of Private vs Public Companies"