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John Swain

John Swain

John Swain

Associate Partner, Americas Toronto, Ontario, Canada [email protected]

Professional Expertise

Focusing on enabling leaders and their teams to achieve success, KRW Associate Partner John Swain specializes in strategic leadership development, executive talent management, executive team mastery, and collaborative strategy development and implementation. His specific expertise is in curating and implementing sustainable evidence-based executive leadership and talent management solutions that develop high performance senior teams and leadership capacity and capability to achieve the desired results.


For more than thirty years, John has been a trusted advisor and coach to CEOs, senior executives, and their teams across a variety of sectors in North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. For nine years, he was a lead partner in Oliver Wyman’s global Executive Talent Management and Leadership Development practice and has also held part-time faculty positions with Sheridan College’s School of Entrepreneurial Studies, York University’s Schulich School of Business, and IBM’s European Project Management Institute.

John has published several articles and blogs on various leadership topics, including leveraging leadership development to implement change, successful executive onboarding, and CEO and executive succession planning.


  • B.A. – University of Western Ontario
  • Certified in the FIRO-B and MBTI
  • Certified in the Hogan suite of psychometrics
  • Certified in SYMLOG (measures cooperation and collaboration in organizations on individual, team, and culture level)
  • Certified in Requisite Organization theory and methodology (aligning organizational structure with strategy)