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John Davis

Regional Managing Director and Executive Director for Duke CE-Asia
  • Led global marketing organizations within top companies Nike, Informix, and Transamerica
  • Co-founder of both a boutique hotel company and a brand strategy firm
  • Interviewed by BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, ESPN, Bloomberg, and the New York Times
  • Combines industry and academic experience for a comprehensive look at successful branding
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John is Executive Director for Duke CE.  His career spans senior leadership positions in both the academic and business worlds.  His areas of expertise are in brand strategy, leadership, sports marketing, and marketing accountability, with a particular interest in how leaders can unleash their organization’s full capabilities by creating the context and operating conditions that foster sustained, enhanced value creation. 

Prior to joining Duke CE, John was Dean-Global MBA & Master of Global Business and Professor of Marketing at SP Jain School of Global Management Dubai-Singapore-Sydney, ranked as the #19 International MBA program in the world (Forbes). Previously, he was Professor of Marketing and Department Chair at Emerson College, Interim Department Coordinator at University of Oregon, and Professor of Marketing Practice and Director for the Centre of Marketing Excellence at Singapore Management University. He received the BAC Teaching Award from University of Oregon, the 'Best Professor of Marketing' by Asia’s Best B-School Awards, and 'The Most Inspiring Teacher' from Singapore Management University. He has also taught at the International Olympic Academy in Greece and in executive education programs worldwide for many organizations, including: IBM, Commerzbank, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), Boeing, Singtel, Schneider Electric, Swiss RE, TIAA-CREF, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Allianz, and more.

John’s extensive industry experience has inspired his academic work, bringing practitioner insights into his work with students and executives, and directly influencing his published research. The common link throughout his career has been a deep commitment to sound leadership and transformative marketing. He led national and global marketing organizations within Fortune 1000 companies, including: Nike, Informix and Transamerica. He and his marketing teams launched dozens of new products and, in his business development responsibilities, acquired companies and developed strategic partnerships.  He also co-founded two firms: an award-winning boutique hotel company, and a brand strategy firm. His media interviews include: BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, ChannelNews Asia, Bloomberg, ESPN, ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation), and the New York Times. 

His industry/academia combination has led him to speak at a wide range of global conferences, including TEDx,(Shanghai), GlobalBrandForum, the American Marketing Association, the BrandFinance Annual Forum, EduTech, and the World Knowledge Forum. John’s career experiences have led to writing several business and marketing books, translated into multiple languages, including his most recent: Sports Marketing-Creating Long Term Value, co-authored with Jessica Zutz Hilbert; as well as The Olympic Games Effect; Measuring Marketing; Competitive Success; Magic Numbers for Sales Management; and Magic Numbers for Consumer Marketing. He is currently working on his next book, about the Market-Oriented University, with co-author Dr. Mark Farrell, from RMIT. John has also published in leading journals, including Harvard Business Review (online), International Journal of Advertising, and Middle East Business Intelligence. John received his MBA from Columbia University and his BA from Stanford University.

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