Mr. John A. Caslione is the founder and President & CEO of GCS Business Capital LLC (GCS), with offices in Chicago, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Milan. Founded in 2005, GCS is a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisor to US, European, Chinese and other Asian middle market companies seeking to globalize their businesses through mergers, acquisitions and strategic equity joint ventures. Mr. Caslione is also Founder and President of the the Chaotics global strategic management consultancy network, Chaotics, LLC. Founded in 2009, Chaotics, LLC is a revolutionary platform based on the Chaotics methodology that allows companies to significantly improve their ability to survive and succeed in the midst of the most challenging environments.
Prior to his founding of GCS, Mr. Caslione founded (1991) and served as President and CEO of Andrew-Ward International, Inc., an international management consulting firm assisting U.S. and Europe firms to develop global account programs, and global marketing, sales and distribution channel strategies. Mr. Caslione has personally executed business development strategies in 87 countries on six continents including the U.S., Europe, China, India, Russia and CIS, Central Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa for many companies, including ABB, Becton-Dickenson Biosciences, Caltex Lubricants, ExxonMobil Chemical Films, GE, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Philips N.V., RJ Reynolds Nabisco, Sandoz, and many more large and middle market firms.
Mr. Caslione has serves as director and/or advisor for companies in the U.S., Europe and China, to assist companies of all sizes (including a special focus on medium market enterprises) to globalize their business, with a special focus on U.S., European, Chinese and other Asian firms.
Mr. Caslione is highly sought after as an expert on the new global economy and global business development and speaks in many globally influential business forums. Mr. Caslione has frequently appeared as a guest expert for CNBC Europe on its “Squawk Box” and “Morning Exchange” programs where he speaks on critical issues in developing global business, including in key emerging markets such in Asia.
Mr. Caslione 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 China Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, the Dubai Global Strategy Conference, and many events in the U.S,. Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Mr. Caslione is a frequent guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he speaks to business executive in Kellogg’s Global Initiatives in Management Program (GIM) on global marketing and business development, including in China, India and other markets in Asia. Mr. Caslione is also guest lecturer for executive management events at venues including the Institute for Management Development’s (IMD) Program for Executive Development (Lausanne, Switzerland), IAE in Aix-en-Provence (France) and many others.
Mr. Caslione and noted marketing guru and thought leader, Philip Kotler, have recently co-authored their new book, Chaotics: The Business of Managing and Marketing in The Age of Turbulence (AMACOM Publishing), which will be released in May 2009. 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 businesses 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. Chaotics presents 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.
Mr. Caslione previously authored Growing Your Business in Emerging Markets: Promise and Perils, (Greenwood Publishing), 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 roadmap for middle market companies to successfully compete in the global business environment.
Mr. Caslione also has two books top-rated books published in China, 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 China’s emerging global businesses seeking to develop successful business growth strategies to globalize their businesses.
Mr. Caslione has earned his Bachelors of Science and MBA from the University of New York (Buffalo, USA) and his J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Chicago-Kent College of Law (Chicago, USA). Mr. Caslione is a founding member of Rotary International’s first English-speaking international member club in Frankfurt, Germany in 2006.
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