Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2019)—Geneva Global welcomes John Buggie as Managing Director of Strategic Marketing and Partner Development, at its HQ offices near Philadelphia. In this newly-formed role, John will join its senior management team to lead and expand the firm’s strategic marketing and business development efforts globally across several market sectors and programs where it operates, including the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Geneva Global is well recognized as one of the most unique, innovative, and effective philanthropy consultants, as recently featured in the Harvard Business Review and Stanford’s Social Innovation Review highlighting its systems change work with anti-slavery in India and Nepal. Last Fall, Geneva Global was selected to provide advisory and strategic implementation leadership to The Girls First Fund, a collaboration of some of the world’s largest mission-based organizations realizing their vision of a world free from child marriage, now piloting its fund in 2019 in six countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger, and Uganda. The firm is especially well known for its high-quality work in the educational, health, and civil liberties sectors, among other areas of focus.
“Immediately upon meeting John, I was impressed by his warm and intelligent interpersonal skills,” said Geneva Global CEO Doug Balfour. “His robust background in business development and global consulting combined with his creativity, commitment to preparation and research, and ability to learn quickly will serve Geneva Global well in its mission to become the most innovative and effective philanthropic consultants in the world.”
As a leader from some of the world’s top management consulting firms, John will lead Geneva Global’s strategic marketing initiatives and business development activities. Applying his deep experience designing and executing business strategies for Fortune 500 global multinational companies, John will provide strategic insight and support to the company’s CEO and Executive Team as the company works to expand across the U.S. and international markets.
“I’m thrilled to join Geneva Global at this stage in its development journey,” John said. “It is an honor and privilege to join such a brilliant team of social change architects who all have a strong commitment and proven track record in delivering high performance philanthropy. Our incredible portfolio of client work, friendly warm culture, and laser-like focus on serving clients in how they wish to achieve big results is really unique and impressive.”
John has lived and worked in over 40 countries, including France, UK, and Brazil, and speaks several languages. In Brazil, John applied his strategic marketing acumen to empower Amazonian farmers to develop, manage, and expand their operations, supported by a Harvard University affiliated organization called Cultural Survival Enterprises. As a result, John directly improved the economic livelihood of the region’s indigenous people.
“My time in Brazil proved to me that business and development are not at odds with one another; on the contrary, each sector needs the other to make real change,” said John. “Geneva Global’s own belief in harnessing business as a force for good aligns with my personal commitment to do the same.”
Among his professional accomplishments, John helped launch and scale a customer marketing advisory practice at EY (Ernst & Young), led a multi-million-dollar education business as Senior Director of Wharton Executive Education, and worked across Europe in strategic marketing and partner development for Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy (LVMH).
John earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania together with a Master of Arts in International Studies from UPENN’s School of Arts and Sciences, as a Lauder Institute Fellow. His undergraduate studies focused on International Business at Vanderbilt University.
About Geneva Global
Geneva Global is a certified B Corporation that fuses art and science to deliver performance philanthropy for its clients. On behalf of its clients, Geneva Global’s work has directly benefited more than 101 million people through 2,000 projects in over 100 countries and influenced over $1.5 billion in giving.