Jon is a growth strategy executive with over 20 years of leadership and operating experience including P&L management. He focuses on developing and executing practical strategies for revenue and margin growth.
He specializes in the ‘front end’ of the value chain: practical market research, strategic planning, marketing, sales, and analytics. His direct experience covers a wide variety of B2B and B2C industry verticals including financial services, consumer durables, home services, retail, brand licensing, and SaaS.
Jon is an ex-Bain consultant who then led strategy and business development teams in several industries (consumer products, retail, financial services, advertising). In his recent work, he's consulted for clients on a dramatic breadth of topics, from using big data to improve homeowner's insurance to applying digital marketing and e-commerce to pawn shops to digital lead generation for air conditioner installation to using neural networks to help consumers look and feel their best. The common theme in all his work is practical growth strategy on the product-marketing-sales continuum, often through new and different business models or technology leverage. He's equally comfortable with the smart, digital future and the analog, manual past - whatever's best for the business.
Jon Mollenhauer works as an independent consultant in strategy, marketing, branding, data, and analytics with large and small clients including Allstate, Procter and Gamble, several private equity portfolio companies, and SaaS ecommerce platform PowerReviews. He also holds Advisory Board positions at MetaMe Health and Peanut Butter, Inc. Previously Mr. Mollenhauer was the Senior Vice President of Business Insight at Leo Burnett, where he concentrated on bringing an analytic mindset and strategy consulting approach to the world of marketing and advertising. He worked on business development and client projects in diverse industries including insurance, banking, online travel, digital retail, streaming media, apparel, and quick serve restaurants. He also led exploration of new business models for the agency, for example innovation partnerships with smaller, design-focused consultancies. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Sears Holdings Corporation from 2011-2015. In this role, Mr. Mollenhauer was the head of strategy / business development and an executive leadership team member for the Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard (KCD) division of Sears Holdings. He led major initiatives like the creation of a brand licensing program, overseas expansion including the first entry of Kenmore into China, retail growth of the KCD brands outside Sears, and the launch of an Internet of Things platform. He was also responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, vendor management, product management and other topics across all three of the KCD brands, covering industries that included appliances, housewares, tools, lawn and garden equipment, batteries, and electronics. Mr. Mollenhauer previously served as Senior Vice President for Nomura Holdings from 2008-2011 (based in Tokyo), where he advised Nomura''''s most senior Japanese executives on international expansion and integration. He served in a similar capacity for Lehman Brothers Asia from 2004-2008 (based in Tokyo), during which time the firm expanded into China and India in addition to growing significantly in other parts of Asia. He received his MBA in strategy and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business before working at Bain and Company, (based in Sydney). He received his Bachelor''''s degree in mathematics and physics with honors from Wesleyan University.