“John Nelson  assisted our executive team with focusing our strategy, building a performance culture and developing the high potential talent in our company. This was the first time we have utilized an outside consulting group and we were extremely pleased with the results delivered by BT+L Partners. We have great confidence in their abilities and are grateful for their help in making us stronger as a company.”

– Blake Lundberg, Vice President and General Manager, Adidas-Reebok



“When InterContinental Hotels Group was faced with significant business challenges following our demerger from conglomerate Six Continent Hotels, Bass Plc, we were forced to re-evaluate our entire organization and reduce our operating expenses in every segment and function of the business. We needed to align our structure with our strategy and create a winning, efficient, and collaborative global organization.

John’s challenges were manifold but his team brought the skills, knowledge, methodology and experience to the table that were essential in developing our Leadership Brand, and our vision, mission and purpose. He also enabled the success of the engagement by rapidly bringing in effective change management programs ensuring that we not only achieved our re-organization objectives, but also provided an effective restructuring process that guided the organization in creating the frameworks and architecture for the company’s global realignment and redesign.

John was able to support the massive changes within the business and the HR organization as well. I depended upon him to provide me with sound advice, counsel and insight. He brought real value to me and the business because of his unique understanding of strategy, organization design, change management and development of the HR service value chain. He produced state of the art thinking in building strong HR “business partner” capabilities for the IHG team and most importantly was able to translate that into HR structure, outsourcing, in-sourcing, shared services and technology decisions that helped achieve the HR mission while cutting our costs by over 42% with increased internal customer satisfaction.

I will continue to recommend, and more importantly utilize, John because of the professionalism, commitment, capability and unique competency he has brought to my Human Resource team, our organization and me. In short, I can highly recommend John with utmost candor and would be happy to speak to anyone who might be interested in more details.”

– James W. Larson, (former) EVP, Global Human Resources, InterContinental Hotels Group, plc



“John is a change agent with a strong sense of how to add value to the business. No matter where he works, he develops a clear sense of what the business issues are and then finds ways to make a difference. I’d strongly recommend his work and he’s a pleasure as a colleague.”

– Norm Smallwood, CEO and co-founder (with Dave Ulrich), The RBL Group, and author of: The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By, Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Drive Performance and Build Lasting Value, Results-Based Leadership, and Real-Time Strategy






“I have known John now for 6-plus years. I find him to be one of the very best organization development professionals I have ever known. He has deep business acumen, broad global experiences, and gets things done. I strongly endorse John for any work or role where things need fixing and or improving – he will get it done!”

– Brian Fishel, SVP Enterprise Leadership and Executive Development, Bank of America






“I’ve worked with a lot of consultants over the years, John Nelson is by far the best of the best! John has provided invaluable process and facilitative support in the large scale restructuring of our global company. Additionally, he helped us build a world-class Strategic Human Resources organization to support our business worldwide.”

– David House, (Former) Senior Vice President, Global Rewards [Project leader for Global HR restructuring team], InterContinental Hotels Group


“John is one of the shining stars of organizational transformation. He understands systems, people and process at the highest level. His past accomplishments read like a who’s who of Organizational Development. He is a kind, clear and passionate leader who has earned my trust and confidence. I am proud to call John, my friend and he has earned the respect of the brightest in the field of HR.”

– Richard O’Leary, Corporate VP of Human Resources & Administration, Iris Diagnostics





“I have worked with John for almost 10 years in multiple projects, in different organizations, both as a client, and as a colleague on the same consulting team. John has amazing capacity to enter difficult client situations (internal or external), develop effective working relationships quickly, and manage an initiative to a successful conclusion. John has a very high ability to understand the global terrain of a complex organization, diagnose core issues to resolve, navigate political intricacies and recommend and implement appropriate actions. He has significant capacity to multi task and effectively manage several projects and accountabilities simultaneously. He is very easy to work with, and enters client situations with respect and awareness of current difficulties and political dynamics. At the same time, he doesn’t shy away from the tough choices and recommendations to help clients solve the real issues. He exhibits exemplary professionalism under the most trying of circumstances. He is very smart and savvy about organization development and transformation. John establishes great relationships – consultants, executives and teams are sorry to see him finish their projects and request him back for the next opportunities. John is always up to date on current theory and practice – I continue to learn a lot from him about organizations. He is excited about and committed to his family. Over the years, we have become great friends and I can endorse John with highest recommendations.”

– Joseph Hanson, Principal, JCH Partners / Partner, The RBL Group





“In working with John as a colleague, I’ve found John to have great organizational insight and skill as a transformation leader, with uncommon determination to succeed. His ability to lead is aided by strong interpersonal problem solving, experience in multiple cultures and of course his integrity. John’s approach to transformational work is upbeat and optimistic which makes him highly successful and a delight to work with.”

– Vern Dellapiana, Organizational and Management Consultant





“John is amazing at engaging executives on strategy clarification and organization alignment initiatives. He is a superb facilitator and listener who also possesses the rare combination of business consulting and HR process expertise. He has developed tremendous professional diversity across a wide range of industries and company sizes. John is flexible and competent enough to successfully take on anything from short-term projects to key corporate positions. I would both hire and work for him!”

Victor Agruso, Strategy & Organization Development Executive


“John is both thought leader and inveterate leading edge practitioner. He brings ideas, experience and theory together in discussions, in problem solving situations and within his team. He strives to ensure success and has a demonstrated track record of advancing organizational development well beyond expectations. John is a leader within the human capital domain and someone I look to for advice and counsel. Those fortunate to work with with him will undoubtedly find him to be a natural leader. I recommend John enthusiastically!”

Jeanette K. Winters, Pitney Bowes


“John is a highly skilled facilitator, consultant, executive, and leader of organizational change. When you engage in work with John, you will quickly know you are working with the best and brightest in the field today. His knowledge base and toolkit of organization change theories, models, and applications are the best I have ever seen, and his ability to artfully cut through the clutter and get to the heart of the business strategy is outstanding. I highly recommend John to design and deliver any organization change, action learning, or talent management program to achieve results you set out to achieve. Engage John – you will be glad you did.”

– Louis Carter, CEO, Best Practice Institute


“I joined Diversey to work with John, his pedigree and experience told me I could learn so much in this role and I was not mistaken. John embodies strategic transformation and his grasp of the complexities and solutions in support of transformation are second to none. I respect his knowledge and experience but more importantly his willingness to share that knowledge, to develop his people and drive transformation. John is also a pretty cool guy, he has a great wit which he uses to great effect with leadership and teams. Thanks John!”

Kevin Kehoe, Vice-President, Learning & Talent Strategy- Diversey/Sealed Air


“John Nelson is an extraordinary leader in the area of HR and OD. He has a proven track record of identifying gaps within an organization and making recommendations to fill those gaps strategically. His approach is effective and adaptable to any company culture. He positively impacts people in such a way that it makes him one of the best consultants in the industry!”

– Kelli Lester-Brown, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Sara Lee


“John is one of the best OE/HR business transformation leaders I have worked with. His ability to lead global, world-class companies through restructures and deliver improved business performance is truly exceptional.”

Jean Stevens, Managing Director, Patina


“I have worked directly with John for approximately two years in the areas of Organization Design, Change Management, Learning and Development and Talent Management. John is one of the most talented consultants I know. He is collaborative and engaging. John is able to generate many options and opportunities and then exploit them in a very creative and results oriented manner. John works well with all levels of the organization and is a high performer. I would choose to work with him on any project. John’s experiences across many industries has provided experiences to work internationally, across cultures and with many different people always having great success.”

– Lois Lukens, Director, Global Change Management


“We have worked with John and his team at several of his company’s executive leadership workshops and it has always been a win/win collaboration. He’s a good listener, decisive, open to ideas and quick to credit others. In every situation I’ve seen him in, he leads by playing the role that best serves his team. He understands that different business scenarios require different leadership styles and he walks it as well as he talks it. I believe good timing is a big part of good management style, so it’s no coincidence to me that John is an excellent percussionist, ‘Cat’ can keep a beat!”

Mike Bonifer, CEO at GameChangers


“John is a superb Human Resource and general business executive. He is widely accomplished throughout his primary function and excels in one of his favorite areas, personnel and organizationaldevelopment. He has also become quite an expert in the world of restructuring.”

Joseph Smorada, CFO and Chief Restructuring Officer, Diversey


“As a senior advisor and board member at the ‘Best Practice Institute’ I have had a chance to get to know and work with John. John is a very astute thought leader and practitioner in leadership and organization development. I value Johns’ ability to look at talent and organizational issues through a lens that is always innovative, informed by experience and is practical. I respect his passion for the work that he does in transformation and his mindset that frames leadership challenges as opportunities to learn.”

Larry Kaye, SR VP Leadership and Organization Development, Fidelity Investments


“John is a great strategic thinker and brings a holistic systems approach to his work. As a leader, he created a compelling vision for the future while simultaneously developing an achievable roadmap of how to get there….and worked with our business partners in a similar manner. As a manager, he was always accessible and provided meaningful work direction-both to achieve the OE department’s objectives but also in our consulting work with business partners. I particularly appreciated John’s impactful coaching/mentoring and thought partnership as we developed meaningful solutions for our clients.”

Terence Gray, SPHR, HR Director, Cargill


“As a partner at our firm, John helped transform our regional HR Consulting firm to a national and international Organizational Development and Talent Management consulting firm. John is truly a thought leader in his field and he demonstrated a keen ability to build “Trusted Advisor” relationships with clients. I highly recommend John as a Strategic Business Partner to your firm.”

Mark McNulty, CEO at HR Dimensions, a Career Partners International Firm


“John’s contributions as Head of HR have been significant and will have a lasting impact…At a time of incredible change in the company, our industries and the economy, John Nelson helped me and the Emmis Executive Team focus on key strategic and cultural issues. John introduced to Emmis a level of HR expertise that was vital to several initiatives we undertook during his tenure. He worked with us on the implementation of an innovative Stock Compensation Program, helped us manage through the difficult process of laying off employees and selling properties, established a corporate university, aided in the creation of programs to recruit and hire a stronger sales force, and helped redesign our employee welfare and benefit programs (resulting in a tremendous cost savings and the addition of programs such as an Employee Assistance Program put in place in the wake of the September 11 tragedies). His personal coaching and work with the executive team enabled us to align and execute on our strategy more effectively.”

– Jeff Smulyan, Chairman & CEO, Emmis Communications (NASDAQ: EMMS)


“As Site Director and Corporate Controller for Apple’s Americas Shared Services Center in Austin, it was my pleasure to work with John Nelson in his role as Senior Human Resources Leader for the Site. During a critical time in our growth, John provided invaluable leadership in creating a single site identity and in creating unity amongst the diverse departments and business groups represented, including Finance, Sales Support, Technical Support, and Inside Sales. He assisted me in bringing the leaders of the site together and getting them focused beyond individual organizational imperatives and on the larger needs of the business and site. He was instrumental in helping us get a stock option program expanded to all employees across Apple and then educated them in a way that built true business stewardship amongst the employees. His efforts at corporate headquarters allowed us to develop and implement a much-needed Leadership Training program in Austin to meet the leadership development needs that existed. He left us with a strong and talented team, and a foundation which has enabled us to enjoy continued success.”

“I’d recommend John Nelson without hesitation.”

– Jim Wood, Site Director & Corporate Controller, Apple Americas Shared Services Center