John Barrett



"Identifying and recruiting world class talent starts by guiding each client to articulate a winning strategy, define pressing challenges and express their corporate culture."

John earned a reputation as an expert in technology and business services. He focuses on software-as-a-service, big data, consumer Internet, online marketplaces, financial technology and marketing services. He recruits senior leadership for private equity and venture-backed portfolio companies, as well as high-growth Fortune 1000 companies.

Prior to ON Partners, John served as Managing Partner at Cook Associates. He also led the North American Financial Technology Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates.

John draws on an extensive background in marketing, sales and corporate strategy for organizations including Citi f/i (financial interactive) for the Global Consumer Bank at Citigroup, Mars & Co and ICI Americas.

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.

He is a member of the Tufts Alumni Council and an Advisory Committee member for the Massachusetts Innovation Index.


Recent News

Successful Placement: Drizly CMO

Drizly adds top execs from Apple, Vistaprint, Drizly, the Boston-based creator of an online marketplace for alcohol, has added a trio of executives with experience at brand-name companies like Apple, Procter & Gamble, and Vistaprint… Drizly’s new chief marketing officer, Scott Braun, was previously the global marketing director for Procter & Gamble’s Gillette division […]

Successful Placement: Epsilon

Epsilon names Brian Serino Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Sales BOSTON—Oct 3— Epsilon®, a global leader in creating connections between people and brands, today announced that Brian Serino has joined as Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Sales, reporting to Wayne Townsend, President of Epsilon’s Technology Practice. Read the full release

Year Ends on Sour Note with Digital Hiring At Five-Year Low – Q4 2016 Digital Jobs Index

New York Adds 1.5% for Q4 and 11.0% for 2016 Boston Adds 0.9% for Q4 and 10.1% for 2016   Share:  Follow:   NEW YORK/BOSTON – February 21, 2017 – ON Partners (, one of the country’s fastest growing retained executive search firms, has compiled the results of its quarterly Digital Jobs Index. Both Boston and New […]

Xconomy: Boston, NY Tech Job Growth Hits 5-Year Low, as Amazon Keeps Expanding

Excerpt from an article by Jeff Engel featuring John Barrett, Partner, ON Partners. February 21, 2017 |   Share:  Follow: x The hiring pace among Boston and New York software companies has slowed to a crawl, amid a broader downshift in the tech industry. During the fourth quarter of last year, the two tech hubs saw […]

Successful Placement: C2 Education

C2 Education Names New Vice President of Marketing C2 Education announced the appointment of seasoned marketing professional Rich Pompilio as their new Vice President of Marketing. Pompilio is responsible for maintaining current marketing initiatives and leveraging new opportunities for C2 Education as it expands in current and new markets across the United States. Read the […]

Third quarter tech hiring plummets in NYC and Boston – Q3 2016 Digital Jobs Index

New York Adds Just 2.0%, Boston Adds 1.1%   Share:  Follow:   ON Partners (, the results-driven retained executive search firm, has compiled the results of its quarterly Digital Jobs Index, tracking tech hiring in Boston and New York. According to the latest data, both New York and Boston posted their worst third quarter hiring […]

Xconomy: Boston Tech Hiring Cools, Despite More Expansion at Wayfair, Amazon

Excerpt from an article by Jeff Engel featuring John Barrett, Partner, ON Partners. November 15, 2016 |   Share:  Follow: x After more than a year of robust growth in payrolls at Boston-area software companies, local hiring cooled off in the third quarter. Boston digital-tech firms added just 250 net new jobs in the most recent […]

Successful Placement: BridgeStreet

BridgeStreet announces top tech hire BridgeStreet, the global leader in Home and Serviced Apartments and Extended Stay experiences, has hired Aaron Turner as their Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Aaron has distinguished himself through leadership excellence and the ability to drive revenue through major digital platforms. – See more at: Read the full release

Successful Placement: Ironside

Boston Data & Analytics Service Firm Names New COO LEXINGTON, MA – Ironside, a Boston enterprise data and analytics service firm announced last week the appointment of David Michelson, Chief Operating Officer. Michelson joins the company with over 20 years of business and technical consulting leadership, helping clients solve their most critical business issues. Read […]

Boston Hiring Remains Vigorous/NYC Cools Off – Q2 2016 Digital Jobs Index

New York Adds 4.2% for Q2 and 7.1% for YTD / Boston Adds 4.1% for Q2 and 7.8% for YTD   Share:  Follow:   ON Partners (, one of the country’s fastest growing retained executive search firms, has compiled the results of its quarterly Digital Jobs Index. New York City finished its worst first half […]