John is a partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York. He leads Oaklins’ advertising & marketing services team as well as its creative services team. John has extensive experience in advertising and marketing, having served in senior-level roles in the industry and through M&A transactions at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips. Applying his industry knowledge and relationships to M&A since joining the firm in 2010, he has facilitated transactions across an array of companies, including digital and advertising agencies, production studios, consultancies as well as event, adtech, design, mobile and social media firms. Some notable transactions include the sales of Burrell, a multicultural communications agency, to FVLCRUM; Advertising Week, an event and media company, to Emerald; Purpose, a social impact agency, to Capgemini; Archer, a digital UX agency, to Bounteous; Harbor Picture Company, a global entertainment and commercial production studio, to Publicis; and Seramount, a provider of DE&I services, to EAB.
Prior to joining Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips, John served as a global director at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and, subsequently, as the head of membership at the 4As, the industry trade association. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.