Between 2007 and 2014, John was Founder, Chairman and CEO of NeoChord Inc, a venture capital-backed company commercialising technology developed at the Mayo Clinic for the repair of the mitral valve via minimally invasive techniques.
Previously, John served at Guidant Corp from 1996 until 2006. During ten years at Guidant, he served in various executive level positions in sales and marketing, including Director of Bradycardia Marketing for Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) and Vice President of Sales for Cardiac Surgery, in which he managed a field sales team of more than 600 people and over $1 billion in revenue.
In 1991, John co-founded ACIST Medical and served as its first President and CEO. He was also the founder and CEO of Seaberg Medical, a regional distributor of implantable cardiovascular devices. He lives in Minneapolis and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Carlson School of Management, also at the University of Minnesota.