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"John and his team are the Navy Seals of executive search. They were prepared, executed flawlessly and dealt with the unexpected professionally. The process, candidates delivered and the results all exceeded my expectations. I look forward to engaging John and his team for our next search."
-Jeffrey Leventhal, Chief Executive Officer, Work Market 

"John delivered great results. Working with him is exceptionally easy and tailor-made for a strategic and agile recruiting process. His approach is direct, nimble and accessible. In his work with clients and candidates, John strikes a balance of selling, consulting, and coaching.”
- Marcus Tgettis, Director of Talent Acquisition, Constant Contact

"John was referred to us via Flybridge Capital Partners, and when we needed to find a senior vice president of global sales, we engaged John. Our requirements were fairly complicated, but right out of the gate John had a solid grasp of what we needed. We look forward to partnering with John in the future.”
-Wayne Townsend, Chief Executive Officer, ClickSquared

“John Barrett and the Cook team were referred to us by Highland Capital Partners, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the introduction. I would not hesitate to work with John again.”
- Chip Paucek, CEO, 2U

"John's style is that of transparency, honesty and straightforwardness.”
- Andrew Miller, CEO, Quattro Wireless

"I would describe our experience with John as exceptional."
- Shawn Boyer, CEO,

"We were definitely impressed with John. He invested a tremendous amount of time upfront to learn about our culture and the fabric of our organization.”
- Justin Brownhill, CEO, The Receivables Exchange

"I have worked with a number of search professionals and John stands out to me in his understanding of what it takes to get the job done. He comes highly recommended."
- Hugo Burge, Executive Chairman, Cheapflights

"John came highly recommended from Summit Partners. My experience with John was excellent."
- Richard Char, President / CEO, Incentium 

"I had engaged other recruiters who were unsuccessful even after seven months. John took over and we had a great candidate within 45 days!"
- Ted Stimpson, CEO, Imagitas

"John brings an amazing breadth of capabilities to successfully managing a search."
- Ralph Folz, Global Chief Operating Officer, Isobar

"John truly partnered with us and I felt like he was on our team in making this hire, as if he would be working with this person from day-to-day."
- Emily Nagle Green, CEO, Yankee Group

"Some people are good actors and some are good producers; John is great at finding the producers.”
- Michael Tupanjanin, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Fast Search & Transfer

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John Barrett
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John Barrett

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John Barrett is a Managing Partner of Cook Associates Inc. and is based in the firm’s Boston office. He is an expert in technology and business services with additional expertise in digital media, consumer Internet, software-as-a-service, financial technology and marketing services. John’s clients include numerous private equity and venture-backed portfolio companies as well as high-growth Fortune 1000 companies, and he recruits at senior levels including CxO and functional Vice Presidents.

Prior to joining Cook Associates, Inc., John served as a Managing Director with Conley & Company where he focused on business services, consumer and online media with additional expertise in technology-enabled services. Previously, John began his recruiting career with Russell Reynolds Associates where he led Russell Reynolds Associates’ North American Financial Technology Practice and was a member of the firm's global Financial Services and Technology Practices.

Before becoming an executive recruiter, John had over 10 years of experience in marketing, sales and corporate strategy. He was Vice President, Marketing for Citi f/i (financial interactive), an ambitious Internet start-up for the Global Consumer Bank at Citigroup. Prior to his role as Vice President, Marketing, he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning. During his tenure at Citi f/i, John developed customer acquisition campaigns, go-to-market strategies and numerous channel partnerships. He was recruited to Citigroup by a former client. Previously, John was with Mars & Co, an international strategy consulting firm, as a consultant advising global clients such as Pepsi, General Motors, Guinness, Sara Lee, Transamerica, Christie’s auction house and Bausch & Lomb. John began his career with ICI Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of the British chemicals conglomerate, where he helped launch and co-directed sales and marketing for a suite of products serving the emerging digital imaging market.

John received his BS degree magna cum laude in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. As an undergraduate, he won the most prestigious national scholar award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: the Old Guard prize. He is currently an elected member of the Tufts Alumni Council and an Advisory Committee member for the Innovation Index published annually by the MassTech Collaborative.

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Boston Produces Weak Hiring While New York's Hiring Remains Strong - Cook Associates' Q4 Digital Jobs Index

NYC Hiring Stays Strong while Boston's is Respectable - Cook Associates' Q3 Digital Jobs Index

More Evidence that Tech Hiring is Strong - Cook Associates' Q2 Digital Jobs Index

John Barrett's Q1 Digital Job Index Featured in BetaBoston

Digital Hiring Shows Steady Increase to Start the Year - Cook Associates' Q1 Digital Jobs Index

John Barrett featured on WGBH, Boston’s public radio station: “Mass. Needs To Attract Tech Talent With Mix Of Skills”

Digital Hiring has mixed 2013 - Cook Associates' Q4 Digital Jobs Index 

John Barrett's Q2 2013 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in Inc. Magazine

John Barrett's Q2 2013 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in Young Entrepreneur

John Barrett's Q2 2013 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in PandoDaily

John Barrett's Q2 2013 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in The Boston Globe

John Barrett's Q2 2013 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in

New York and Boston Jobs Growth Rebounds - Q1 2013 East Coast Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index

New York and Boston Jobs Growth Continues Decline - Fourth Quarter 2012 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index

John Barrett Interviewed by the New York Post Regarding a Shortage of Tech CEOs

Third Quarter Internet and Digital Media Jobs Growth is Sluggish in New York and Boston

ohn Barrett's Q3 2012 Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in the New York Post

John Barrett's Third Quarter Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in the Boston Globe

John Barrett's Third Quarter Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in All Things D

John Barrett Featured in the Boston Globe - Understanding How Hiring Really Happens: HR Execs, Founders and Recruiters Spill Secrets

Second Quarter Internet And Digital Media Jobs Index Shows Strong Job Growth In New York But A Slowdown In Boston 

John Barrett's Q2 2012 Digital Media Hiring Index Featured in Forbes

John Barrett's Q2 2012 Digital Media Hiring Index Featured in the Boston Globe

John Barrett Comments in the Wall Street Journal on Sheryl Sandberg's Appointment to Facebook board

John Barrett Comments on Groupon's Recent Earnings in the e-Commerce Times

John Barrett Comments on Facebook's IPO Roadshow in the e-Commerce Times

Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Shows Jump

John Barrett Featured in the E-Commerce Times Regarding Yelp's IPO

John Barrett and Cook Associates' Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index Featured in Boston Globe

Cook Associates Publishes Quarterly Internet & Digital Media Jobs Index - Q4'2011

John Barrett and Jeff Leopold Complete COO, CMO Search for Zmags - Featured in Direct Marketing News

John Barrett Quoted in The Wall Street Journal Regarding Carol Bartz and Yahoo's Next CEO

John Barrett Quoted In The Wall Street Journal's Tech Blog, Digits

John Barrett Quoted In Mass High Tech

Barrett's ERN Panel Calls on Executives to Pass the Stress Test