John Milman is a sought-after member of the firm’s Technology & Digital Officer Practice, with particular expertise in software engineering-focused engagements. John leverages deep industry knowledge to advise clients, ranging from F50 to venture-backed companies, on transformational talent, culture and organizational design. He has recruited more than 400 technology executives for e-commerce, financial services, SaaS, retail, healthcare, industrial and consumer companies around the world. John is a multi-year recipient of Spencer Stuart’s prestigious Lou Rieger Quality Award, recognizing his tireless and exceptional client service skills.


John specializes in functional leadership roles:

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • VP of Engineering, Infrastructure and/or Architecture


Recent work

  • Advising a privately held business on the verge of IPO on how best to recruit a new CIO
  • Assisting a newly recruited CTO build out a leadership team with exceptional leaders from historically underrepresented groups for roles such as vice president of data, engineering, security and infrastructure
  • Helping a Midwest industrial company recruit a CTO from the West Coast to accelerate its digital and innovation strategy
  • Co-leading a chief digital officer search for a global consumer business based in Asia
  • Leading several technology executive assessments focused on transformational leadership for a global company in the midst of a large acquisition

Previous experience

  • Prior to transitioning into executive search, John advised companies on digital advertising as an account executive with Yahoo!
  • John began his career in recruiting, working for early-stage and established digital and technology firms, such as comScore Networks.


John graduated with a B.A. in speech communications from The University of Illinois and holds numerous technical certifications.

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