John Caslione

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About John Caslione - Founder, President & CEO of GCS Business Capital, LLC:

John A. Caslione is an American businessman and entrepreneur, global business strategy expert, M&A advisor, adjunct professor and author having executed on-the-ground business strategies in over 100 countries on six continents. John is senior advisor to business executives on global business strategy, global marketing/sales/distribution strategies, as well as negotiations strategy including serving as lead negotiator on critical client transactions.

John is highly sought after as an expert on the new global economy and global business development and speaks in many globally influential business forums. John has frequently appeared as a guest expert for CNBC on its “Squawk Box” and “Morning Exchange” programs where he speaks on critical issues in developing global business, including in key emerging markets such as in Asia. John is a frequent keynote speaker and chairman of conferences, where he speaks on the new 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 events in N. America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

John is Founder, President and CEO of GCS Business Capital, LLC, a global business advisory firm assisting companies to internationalize their business with expertise in high growth emerging markets strategic alliances, and international equity joint ventures & strategic alliances between companies from the USA and Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and other Asian markets. Founded in 2005 having five offices worldwide (USA, Europe Asia), GCS assists firms to internationalize their business, vis a vis, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and equity joint ventures and strategic partnerships and alliances. In 1991, John founded Andrew-Ward International, Inc. (AWI), an international management consultancy assisting firms to develop global business strategies. In 2005, AWI was merged into GCS.

GCS 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, Sandoz, Securitas A.B., and many large multinationals and middle market firms globally.

John currently is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) in Washington, DC, USA. Since joining MSB’s faculty in 2010, John lectures on global business strategies and scenario planning in the Executive Master’s in Leadership advanced degree program. Additionally, John has served as Visiting Professor and/or Guest Lecturer at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA), Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business (Dallas, TX, USA), Peking University (Beijing, PRC), Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Sydney, Australia), and International Institute of Management Development (IMD) (Lausanne, Switzerland).

John has authored five noted books, including internationally acclaimed, CHAOTICS: The Business of Managing and Marketing in The Age of Turbulence (AMACOM Publishing). Co-authored with marketing guru Philip Kotler, CHAOTICS is distributed in 88 countries and published in 46 languages. As the world has now entered into a new age of increasingly frequent and intense periods of turbulence in the global economy there is a need for business to develop a new mindset, one that takes into account intermittent periods of disturbance, and still thrive while under threat of global, industry, market or company chaos. John and co-author Philip Kotler present a new system and set of strategic guidelines designed to help businesses navigate through the waves of uncertainty and chaos affecting customers, employees, and other stakeholders

John’s other books include, Growing Your Business in Emerging Markets: Promise and Perils (Dearborn Publishing), which is considered to be a leading authoritative book on the globalization of business with a special focus on developing sales and distribution strategies in emerging markets. His book, Global Manifest Destiny: Growing Your Business in a Borderless Economy, (Dearborn Publishing), is a practical how-to book for small and medium size firms with the desire to become true global companies and provides critical insights and a competencies road-map for middle market companies to successfully compete in the global business environment. John also has two top-rated books focusing upon emerging markets, Going Global – How to Globalize Your Business and Developing Successful Global Sales and Distribution Channel Strategies (Economy & Management Publishing House). These two practical how-to books focus upon critical issues for emerging global businesses seeking to develop successful business growth strategies to globalize their businesses.

John received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of New York (Buffalo, NY, USA), and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law (Chicago, IL, USA). John is member (inactive status) of the Illinois Bar, Massachusetts Bar and New Hampshire Bar.

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What John Caslione Talks About:

Leading in the Age of Turbulence
John's most requested keynote topic addresses today’s turbulent and uncertain economy.

John's key message advises leaders of a new strategies and management platform for companies to thrive while under today’s ongoing threat of continuous and heightened turbulence, uncertainty and risk in the Age of Turbulence.

We now compete in a world that is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.  Economies are all intimately linked, interconnected and interdependent upon each other more than previously experienced in the history of humankind.  While this new inter-connectivity and interdependence work in everyone’s favor in good times, this interlocking fragility spreads much pain and damage, and does so virally, in bad times.  So, for the foreseeable future we can anticipate increasing turbulence around the world.  We are living in uncertain times.  That means there is greater risk for businesses of all sizes everywhere in the world.

Today’s turbulence, heightened turbulence, is markedly different than the turbulence that occurred in past economic cycles.  Turbulence of the past was more episodic and coincided with great disruptive events, such as cataclysmic wars, terrorist attacks and other disruptive events that eventually subsided, allowing us to again resume the traditional, multi-year economic cycle.  Today’s turbulence, when not detected or addressed properly, creates chaos for businesses, governments and all of us alike.  We can safely say that turbulence, with its consequent chaos, risk and uncertainty, is now the normal condition for economies, industries, markets and companies.

As a result of the constant impact of the drivers of today’s turbulence, for the foreseeable future economic cycles will look more like an erratic EKG or ECG heartbeat wave—a series of non-uniform W’s—rather than the traditional sine waves of economic cycles over the past 60 years.  Turbulence, including heightened turbulence, is now the new normal, punctuated by periodic and intermittent spurts of economic prosperity and economic downturn—including extended downturns and including recessions.

While we can expect more shocks of differing magnitudes and many painful disruptions, causing heightened levels of overall risk and uncertainty for businesses, it doesn’t mean that companies did not have to withstand great turbulence in the past.

John provides leaders new strategies for companies to thrive while under the ongoing threat of continuous and heightened turbulence, uncertainty and risk in the Age of Turbulence.

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 Recent Publications

John Caslione’s keynote at this year’s annual client conference — ‘Navigating Turbulence’ — provided top executives from all over the world with invaluable insights and unique business perspectives for leaders to develop strategies to deliver success as they learn to shift and plan for growth in a new world of higher turbulence, risk and uncertainty.

Liew Mun Leong, President & Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand Limited

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