John M. Mohin OBE D.Univ
John Mohin has a wealth of experience gained at each successive stage of a distinguished international career, progressing from Executive to Director, then to Managing Director, Chief Executive, President and Chairman. Experience is important of course, but when experience is allied to knowledge, as in this case, it produces a set of highly effective leadership skills and the ability to engender collective responsibility for success.
Outstanding achievement is matched with an excellent track record of inspiring collaboration and leading partnerships. Diplomatic integrity that inspires trust and gives constructive challenge to the status quo, is based upon several pillars but primarily, respect for others, self-respect and respect for the passion that makes people want to contribute effectively.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to get colleagues on side, persuade and influence others. Solid grasp of financial management & planning with the ability to oversee funding programmes. Experience of shaping and delivering strategies.
As someone imbued with strong people skills, he has led the delivery of a highly collaborative people culture and in this regard, was probably ahead of his time in placing emphasis upon diversity and inclusion which in turn, led to high level recognition within the Commonwealth. He acknowledges the personal satisfaction to be derived from achieving consensus and is resolute in executing cabinet decisions effectively.
An accomplished public speaker, John Mohin takes a measured approach to each corporate task or opportunity, calculating the areas where he can make the most worthwhile contribution. Manipulating, protecting and reinforcing intellectual property while fully exploiting brand equity to drive revenue, is an abiding passion that commands full attention.
John has worked with iconic brands Coalport, Waterford Crystal, Steelite, Anglo Minerals, Royal Worcester, Spode, Royal Crown Derby and Wedgwood. In providing clear and focussed direction, he has successfully driven marketing alliances with leading luxury lifestyle brands including Jasper Conran, Martha Stewart, John Rocha and Ralph Lauren.
John Mohin has led complex programmes to deliver planned results in the context of creating innovative commercial arrangements notably in licensing, joint ventures, outsourcing or best-in-class contracts. He works best with people who have compatible principles, gravitas and similar depth of experience to his own in order to share ideas and pool resources.
Recognising that it can be necessary on occasions to take strident action to neutralise risk, John Mohin was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate for his work in taking affirmative action to successfully counteract a very real menace that threatened thousands of jobs and what would have inflicted collateral damage to the entire British Pottery Industry.
As a corporate executive director, John Mohin applies insight gained at Harvard Business School, complemented by extensive hands-on international experience. He created new markets in Pakistan, Israel and Russia. As chief executive of overseas operations in Japan and Australia, he led the advance to penetrate emerging markets throughout Asia Pacific.
Negotiating with the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, John Mohin conceived, led and executed a strategy to secure the world marketing rights for the Olympic Games, including the use of the Olympic Rings logo, perhaps the most valuable intellectual property in the world.
“John Mohin has proven himself to be one of the most successful business leaders that our industry has seen, helping to transform Wedgwood over the period of his career.”
J. Russell Lovatt, January 2019
Retired Chief Executive, Wedgwood
His ability to operate with tact and discretion was honed and practiced working at the highest level of the Royal Household as Holder of the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen. The ability to inspire confidence has proved pivotal when influencing senior stakeholders of varying nationalities and races, especially during the recent period of unpredictability caused by Brexit, the Pandemic and the added uncertainty of a rapidly changing economic landscape.
Experience at executive and board level is comprehensive, proven and eminently transferrable. Transparency is deemed important in all things but especially in the context of internal and external audit, where he has served at Committee level. He is conversant with the broad framework of corporate governance, eager to absorb and learn more, recognising that meeting higher standards of probity promotes superior personal performance.
John Mohin is noted for designing questions that challenge management thinking, mentoring students at Liverpool Business School. He is Visiting Professor at the Business School of the University of Chester and an Ambassador for Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, also serving as a Member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of the Business School. In all of these multiple, overlapping roles, he has the confidence to listen and the energy to act.
Serving voluntarily as Chairman of Liverpool Commonwealth Association Business Forum, he was subsequently made Business Mentor for the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. This served to showcase diversity and inclusion in the context of the wider Commonwealth. He was invited to address the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London in April 2018 on intra Commonwealth trade.
With experience of income generation and major capital fundraising, John Mohin is a former Trustee of the Wedgwood Museum Trust, Chairman of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and was made OBE for services to business and charity. He acts as Chairman of Merseyside Expanding Horizons, a socially inclusive campaign that sets out to empower people of all backgrounds with latent business aspirations, to rise above their circumstances and flourish.
John Mohin has an abiding interest in serving the community, advocating that it is the community which ultimately provides business in every sphere; each company and organisation depends upon the goodwill of the wider community. At this time, almost all charities face significant challenges ranging from funding pressures, rising demand for services and increasing regulation. He has been proactive in saying that it is incumbent upon business leaders to apply their innate business skills by helping to overcome adversity, whatever form that might take.
As Chairman of Graham Shapiro Design, John Mohin presides over a dynamic enterprise that has a portfolio of luxury clients including Rolex, Apple, Fiat Chrysler, Siemens and others. Together, they are a Partner of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards and created the brand guidelines that currently operate in 140 countries, around the world.
On the occasion of his appointment to the Board of Graham Shapiro Design, John Mohin said:
‘I am honoured and delighted to apply my modest skills to Graham Shapiro Design because the company is so incredibly progressive, visionary and respected under the inspiring leadership of the eponymous Graham Shapiro. I’m proud to be associated with such a modern legend, an entrepreneurial figure, admired and envied in equal measure. Graham has significantly influenced the way in which Website design will evolve in the foreseeable future. Under Graham’s executive leadership, we have attained new heights of corporate endeavour, adding new clients, all with burgeoning ideas that we can explore vigorously.’
GSD has an enviable and well deserved reputation as one of the most successful market leaders operating today in the highly innovative area of creative communication in the United Kingdom. Creating websites, mobile applications, brand and design for print, GSD has consistently delivered solid return on investment for an impressive array of clients including Clive Christian, Fiat, Liverpool Football Club, Phillips, Porsche, Samsung and the internationally acclaimed Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
GSD® CEO & Founder Graham Shapiro commented, “My vision for GSD® calls for accomplished professionals to join me in taking the company to unprecedented levels of business innovation and development. John Mohin OBE is a commercial figure with an innate understanding of intellectual property, gained from working with luxury brands in international markets and brings the skills we need to take the GSD® brand forward.”
Returning to Wedgwood Head Office after overseas secondment, John Mohin was given a portfolio of high profile tasks including the launch of Wedgwood and Waterford Crystal in Moscow and St. Petersburg, to penetrate the Russian market. He negotiated marketing alliances with Ralph Lauren, Jasper Conran and Martha Stewart to create fashion accessories for the home. John Mohin was granted the Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Charles to advise on official gifts, many of which carried the full weight of international diplomacy. In government circles, he had direct dealings with a succession of prime minister’s notably Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher.
“Business plans written wholly or jointly by John Mohin combined sparkling prose with commercial discipline. His inspiration was the company’s fortune, taking our traditions to reach a new generation of collector, effectively creating new international markets for Wedgwood, all both heavily inspired and well informed by heritage. This is a remarkable talent” Rt. Hon. the Lord Wedgwood of Barlaston.
As President of Wedgwood Japan, John Mohin negotiated with the leading Japanese Store Groups including Mitsukoshi, Daimaru and Matsusakaya to protect and expand business, with success. This impacted to enhance trading activities in the Asia Pacific Region notably in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore.
Conceived and executed exponential business growth by extracting added value from the supply chain. This was achieved by using the existing distribution structure more effectively, expanding in Australasia to include New Zealand and the South Pacific. Planned and executed sports’ marketing programme for the Sydney Olympics, Americas Cup, Lions Tour and Adidas International. As Patron of the Wedgwood Society, embarked upon a marketing campaign designed to appeal to connoisseurs and collectors by engineering product value based upon heritage and intellectual property.
Served as Founding Trustee of the Army Cadet Force and the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Appointed a director of Wedgwood Museum Trading Ltd to advise on the merchandising and licensing of a valuable national archive. On returning from secondment in Australia, John Mohin was appointed Chairman of the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, in the United Kingdom.
Honours & Recognition
John Mohin has the following distinctions:
Honorary Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University;
Honorary Doctorate, Staffordshire University;
Freeman of the City of London;
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts;
Member of the Advisory Board to the Dean, University of Central Lancashire;
Ambassador, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise;
Visiting Professor, University of Chester; Graduate and later, elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing; Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
John is an experienced public speaker and finds it rewarding to ‘tell his story’ with a view to inspiring future business leaders.
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