John L. Barnes Co-Founder, President and CEOJohn L. Barnes
brings more than twenty-five years of national and international corporate experience to the helm of BLG Ventures, Inc.Prior to the formation of BLG Ventures, Inc. he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Media Enterprises-a subsidiary of the E.W. Scripps Company-with revenues of $150 million, 550 employees, eight subsidiaries and two joint ventures.
Among the varied responsibilities of CFO (and unofficially, COO) Barnes
was responsible for the acquisition and divesture policy, valuation analyses for acquired or divested companies, and conception and implementation of global strategy for establishing operations in major international markets.His
work resulted in the incorporation of United Media
, Japan; United Media, The Netherlands; United Media, Hong Kong; and United Media, Canada. Barnes also served on the Board of Directors of United Media K.K.
(Japan); United Media, Hong Kong, and United Media, Canada. Barnes' has served as Director of Planning, Budget and Financial Analysis for American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
conducted financial analysis that resulted in the $200 million acquisition of ESPN, the largest sports network in the world, and the successful launch of A&E and Lifetime Television Networks, two of the nation's most preeminent cable television networks.Prior to joining American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., Barnes served as Senior Financial Analyst at PepsiCo, Inc. for newly acquired companies of PepsiCo, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.John L. Barnes began his esteemed career in the Treasurer's Office of General Motors Corporation.
This department was known as the "training ground" for all the top financial executives at GM
.Barnes received his MBA from Columbia University and has served on the Financial Advisory Board of the American Management Association.