John is a partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York and leads Oaklins’ advertising & marketing services team as well as its creative services team. He has extensive experience in advertising and marketing, having served in senior-level operational 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 agencies, advertising agencies, design firms, production studios, ad tech, mobile firms, social media agencies, consultancies and project management. Some notable transactions include the sales of Purpose, a social impact agency, to Capgemini; Archer, a digital UX agency, to Bounteous; Harbor Picture Company, a global feature film, TV series and commercial studio, to Publicis; Hatch, a design-led digital agency, to Advantage Solutions; Wondersauce, a digital agency, to Project Worldwide; Pep, a promotional project management firm, to WPP; and Rokkan, a creative digital agency, to Publicis.
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.