John A. Caslione is a global business strategy expert and highly respected thought leader in business globalization. He is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (Washington, DC). John Caslione is Founder, President, and CEO of GCS Business Capital, LLC (GCS) with offices in Chicago, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Milan. Founded in 2005, GCS helps companies to globalize, especially for U.S. and European companies to expand into high growth emerging markets. GCS also serves as a cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisor to U.S., European, Middle Eastern and Asian middle market companies (US$ 50 million to US$ 5 billion) seeking to globalize their businesses through mergers, acquisitions and strategic joint ventures.
At GCS, John leads experienced professional teams in business and target acquisition, due diligence and negotiations on behalf of GCS’s global clients, including acting as personal and confidential advisor to senior executives on global business strategy, strategic and financial investment strategy, as well as negotiations strategy including serving as lead negotiator on critical transactions. John’s global business experience having personally executed on-the-ground business strategies in 88 countries on six continents over the past 20 years, and continues to do so. John further serves as director and/or advisor for selected U.S., European and Asian firms guiding them to globalize their businesses, including a special focus on middle market enterprises.
John is also Founder, President and CEO of Andrew-Ward International, Inc. (AWI), an international management consulting firm assisting U.S. and Europe firms to develop global marketing and sales and global distribution channel strategies, along with assisting clients worldwide in their M&A activities by conducting due diligence for business target acquisitions, and advising on turnarounds and restructurings. Founded in 1991, AWI was merged into GCS in 2008.
GCS and AWI clients include, ABB Semiconductors, Becton Dickenson Biosciences, Caltex Lubricants, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Philips N.V., R.J. Reynolds International (later JT International), Rockwell-Collins Commercial Aviation, Sandoz, Securitas A.B., and many large and middle market firms globally.
John is a frequent keynote speaker and chairman of conferences speaking on the global economy and global business development in many forums including: the Dubai Global Strategy Conference, the China Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference and many noted conferences and private business events in the U.S., North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Asia/Pacific.
John Caslione and his co-author, the noted marketing thought leader Philip Kotler, have collaborated together to write on their latest book, CHAOTICS: The Business of Managing and Marketing in The Age of Turbulence (AMACOM Publishing, 2009). CHAOTICS is published in 65 countries and in 30 languages. CHAOTICS now serves as a new platform for strategy development and execution for business enterprises to more effectively hedge risk and confront uncertainty in Decade 2010.
John also has two books top-rated books published in China, “Going Global – How to Globalize Your Business” and “Developing Successful Global Sales and Distribution Channel Strategies” (Economy & Management Publishing House, 2005), which focus upon critical issues for China’s emerging global businesses seeking to develop successful global business growth strategies.
John’s previously books include Global Manifest Destiny: Growing Your Business in a Borderless Economy, (Dearborn Publishing, 2002), which provides a competencies roadmap for middle market companies to successfully compete in the global business environment. John’s book, Growing Your Business in Emerging Markets: Promise and Perils, (Greenwood Publishing, 2001), is a leading authoritative book on developing market entry strategies into emerging markets.
John earned his Bachelors of Science and MBA from the University of New York (Buffalo, USA) and his J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Chicago-Kent College of Law (Chicago, USA). He is a founding member of Rotary International’s first English-speaking international member club in Frankfurt, Germany in 2006.
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