John Hamm

CEO Advisor, Executive Coach, Speaker, Board Member


Unusually Excellent

The Necessary Nine Skills for the Practice of Great Leadership

(Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010)

Listen to this audio introduction of John from his recent interview with “Billy the Brain:”

John Hamm is an advisor to leaders of all types of organizations worldwide – and has a diverse background as an operating executive, a start-up CEO, a venture capital investor, a leadership coach and an advisor/board member to dozens of technology companies. Hamm has served on the boards of IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco), Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD), SiliconStor (acquired by LSI Logic), Documentum (acquired by EMC), Truveo (acquired by AOL-TW), and many others. John was named a Top 100 Venture Capitalist of the USA for 2009 by
Prior, John was a managing director and partner with Geoff Moore at TCG Advisors where he advised CEOs and executive teams in the areas of leadership systems, strategy, and executive teamwork. Independently, John designed and led a quarterly CEO Boot Camp program sponsored by Deloitte & Touche that reached over 600 entrepreneurs nationwide. Prior to TCG, John was a venture partner at Redpoint Ventures where he evaluated investment opportunities and provided management and leadership coaching to portfolio technology companies and their CEOs.
As an early stage investor, John has a strong track record of successful technology start-ups, including Brocade (IPO, June, 1999), Military Advantage and Affinity Labs (both acquired by, Truveo (acquired by AOL-TW), Webify (acquired by IBM) and IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco, 2007). John has provided CEO coaching to the leaders of the companies above and many other technology and consumer products companies, including TaylorMade-adidas Golf, McAfee, and Spansion.
John has excelled in leadership/operating roles at several high-growth companies, including Whistle Communications, where he served four years as president and CEO. Backed by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and The Mayfield Fund, Whistle was acquired by IBM in June 1999. From 1990 to 1996, Hamm served as EVP and GM of Advanced Storage Products, a $450M business division at Adaptec (NASDAQ:ADPT). Prior, he held executive positions at Western Digital both in the U.S. and Europe. John started his professional career at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA.
Currently, in addition to his own CEO advisory practice in the Bay Area, John serves on the Faculty at The Leavy School of Business at Santa Clara University, teaching an MBA class in Business Leadership. In addition to his current release, Unusually Excellent (Wiley, Josey-Bass, 2011) Hamm has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Business 2.0, Business Week, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. John’s timeless article, The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage, was the lead feature in the May, 2006 issue of The Harvard Business Review. Prior, Hamm wrote Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Scale, which appeared in The Harvard Business Review in December 2002, and is used in many MBA programs worldwide.
John holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Purdue University (Engineering Physics and Engineering Management) and has completed over a dozen post-graduate educational and personal development/coaching courses and workshops.