John McMahon is a sales leader who built teams to scale from $100M to $1B in revenue. He is currently on the board of software unicorns including Snowflake and Cybereason.
Throughout his career, he has been able to connect the pain points and problems of CIO customers with desired business outcomes for their companies. Using this approach, his teams have created a culture of success and pride.
Early Life and Education
john macmahon was born on December 12, 1918, in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland. His parents were merchants and land owners. He grew up surrounded by a close family and the Catholic faith.
He studied at the University of Sydney and became a surgeon. He was a resident medical officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and later a deputy medical superintendent.
He served as diocesan inspector of schools (1921-41) and director of Catholic education (1941-50). In the 1920s he was the organiser of religious instruction, taking correspondence lessons for isolated children and residential camps. He also introduced the ‘Bushies’ Scheme, in which groups of rural children received intensive instruction on matters of religion.
John McMahon has spent his career building world-class sales and marketing teams at some of the best software companies in the industry. He led BladeLogic through its startup days to its $872 million acquisition by BMC and grew sales at GeoTel from $52 million to $2 billion prior to being acquired by Cisco.
He is also a licensed patent attorney who has a practice focused on the protection of intellectual property. He has worked with a variety of clients on both domestic and international matters.
Achievements and Honors
john macmahon has risen through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department and is recognized as an expert in technology and uses of force. He is also recognized for his role in developing and implementing several key Department initiatives that have significantly reduced officer-involved shootings.
Deputy Chief McMahon joined the LAPD in 1989 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1996. Throughout his career he has been assigned to several specialized units that helped lay the foundation for his expertise in law enforcement technology, uses of force and counterterrorism.
As Commanding Officer of the Information Technology Bureau, he leads day-to-day technology operations that support the needs of individual officers in the field and the Department as a whole. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive Strategic Technology Plan, funded by a unique public/private partnership.
John McMahon is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur who has earned substantial recognition for his career achievements. He is a founding member of the Birmingham Airport Authority and has a long history of civic and business leadership in the state of Alabama.
He is also a veteran of the United States Navy. He served as a member of an elite UDT team that went ashore in rubber rafts during the invasion of Palau and Yap in 1944.
He has also been a police officer for 30 years. During that time, he has been promoted to deputy chief and has served on several high-profile assignments. He was a key member of the department’s use of force review unit, where he was responsible for investigating thousands of law enforcement encounters.
McMahon has a net worth of $3 billion, which places him at #1016 on Forbes’ real-time list of billionaires. He is the Chairman of WWE and owns a number of companies associated with the company.
Previously, he served as a director of BladeLogic, BMC Software, Ariba, GeoTel Communications and Parametric Technology Corporation. He also held an executive position with High Roads, Inc.
He also serves as a director of Snowflake Computing Inc. His most recent compensation is $196,192 as a director. He also owns 181,396 shares of Snowflake stock worth $30 Million.