John Foster

John is a business designer dedicated to helping people and organizations perform at their best. He has served many of the world’s most innovative companies in executive roles and consulting relationships. He has broad experience designing, building, and managing internal operations for talent driven companies; from innovation strategy, to talent management, to HR and facilities. In 2013, John founded Gamut Labs as a platform to advise start-ups and build tools that help people learn and grow. He is now also CHRO and Chief Wellness Officer at Thrive Market, helping people live happy and healthy lives. Prior to Gamut, John was SVP of Talent and Organization (CHRO) at Hulu, and held the same roll at IDEO before that.  He has deep expertise in psychology, sociology, organization development, leadership development, and communications; and has held significant leadership roles at Fidelity Investments, Levi Strauss, and Mercury Interactive (now part of HP) and Citibank. His past clients include Facebook, Pinterest, Mozilla, Impossible Foods, Earnest, and Razer among others. John’s early career was spent facilitating thousands of hours of outdoor leadership programs and team building retreats for schools and businesses. He earned a MEd in experiential learning from Colorado State University and holds a dual BA in Psychology and Communications from Miami University. He lives in California with his wife and 4 children and enjoys travel, playing guitar, and outdoor adventure sports.

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