John Crain, founder & principal
John’s work in business development, finance, strategy, and information systems has spanned Europe, North America, and the Middle East. He has led product launches in healthcare, sports marketing, specialty materials, telecommunications, executive search, scholastic testing, direct marketing and other industries. He also advises clients on strategic acquisitions. In addition to his consulting activities, John serves on the board of Mobile Doctors 24-7 International, an organization committed to bringing quality, affordable health care solutions to developing markets.
Prior to 452, John co-founded Vorbeck Materials where, as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, he negotiated multi-year research agreements with leading multinational firms and government institutions. Previously, John served in a number of roles at Nextel Communications including head of the Service Innovation team at the newly merged Sprint-Nextel. His entrepreneurial roots date back to his days managing information systems at a privately-held direct marketing company and, prior to that, co-founding an executive search firm in the Slovak Republic.
John received Bachelor degrees in French Literature and International Relations from Georgetown University (with honors) and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He speaks French and Slovak, in addition to English.