John Bender has more than 20 years of experience as a high-tech business transformation executive and is known as an innovative & decisive executive with a passion for winning in the market. With expertise in helping Fortune companies navigate complex change involving all employee levels, John brings deep experience in mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, manufacturing operations, P&L management, sales, product development, supply chain, and IP to every engagement.
John is widely recognized for his key role as Executive Director of Merger Integration in Hewlett-Packard’s $19.5 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer. His team planned and implemented every organization, process and systems aspect of the post-close company, leading 50 EVP’s/SVP’s and 2,000 support personnel to define all aspects of the new company including product lines, go-to-market capabilities, organization structure, IT systems, synergy savings, and branding. Subsequent to this, John conceptualized, formed, launched and led HP’s Merger Integration Office and led operational due diligence for more than eight other acquisitions, with an estimated value capture of $115M achieved on the first deals.
John focuses his transformation and change consulting on leading mission-critical organization, process and systems transformations for both start-up & Fortune 500 organizations through pragmatically implemented change management methods. Illustrative projects include launching a new global business for a Fortune 5 Oil & Gas Super-major, integration diligence and support for a Fortune 500 Transportation company acquisition, deployment of a new Global Trading Strategy involving people, process, and $185M in systems investments for a Fortune 5 Oil & Gas Super-major.
John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.