My corporate experience is in FMCG – Hershey, Coca-Cola, Heinekin – consequently you won’t see me eating much chocolate, fizzy drink or beer these days.
I studied marketing and went down the path of Marketing, Sales & Strategy and General Management. My super-power at that time was getting teams to deliver the extraordinary. I saw this as being ‘just what managers did to deliver results in corporates’ – but as a repeated pattern of exceptional team performance emerged, I realised that getting unusual combinations of people to work together at a very high level, was a special skill.
I moved into the consulting world with no grand plans other than to learn new skills and then to go back into a corporate business role. Consulting ended up suiting me much more than I expected so I developed my own consulting business and studied psychology. It had become clear to me that what makes teams work is psychological, not structural.
Work is one of my passions, for me doing what I do is my dream job. Seeing people grow and change is incredibly rewarding. It has enabled me to work on all continents of the globe. Consequently, I hope to never retire. My other passion is my family. I love our eclectic family of three generations under one roof consisting of; my partner and I, a given child, a had child (late in life), my mother, 2 mad dogs and one cat.
I speak mediocre Italian – clearly that needs development.
I do believe in giving back in different ways to the community and the world we are a part of – I am always involved in my son’s school (in one or two facets) and sit on a couple committees. Part of Pivotal Team’s ethos is supporting women and families in need – through Kiva, Child Fund or The Smith Family.
CJ (Caroline) Johnston
I am a seasoned senior executive with over 30 years professional experience. I have over 25 years’ experience working at C-suite / board level with some of the biggest Tier 1 names in the financial services industry. (JPMorgan in Europe and Asia, UBS based in Switzerland with a global role, and Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management arm of the Prudential, where I was Global CHRO).
I am a truly global citizen having lived in Scotland, England, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong Switzerland, India and France and have experience of working throughout Asia and Europe as well as the US. (Coverage in Asia included Australia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.)
I am business focused and comfortable at board level, and have built my reputation in strategic human resources, change management and people management, by being honest, direct and flexible. Unlike many of my peers I am not an HR “purist” having also set up an applications development centre in Glasgow, a global service centre in India and been responsible for IT Infrastructure throughout Asia.
My passion is working with and developing people. I firmly believe that with an ethical and fair approach to dealing with people and challenges, combined with a strong moral compass and in a collaborative and positive way, everyone can succeed. My goal is to share my experience and help executives be the best that they can be.
I also believe it is important to be part of a wider community and to give back. I was formerly a trustee of the Prudence Foundation as well as Vice Chair of a Woman’s charity in Scotland.
My leisure time revolves around travel, food, wine and family. I obtained my a WSET2 wine qualification recently and look forward to progressing to stage 3. I speak fluent French and very mediocre Spanish having studied for a Master of Arts degree at Glasgow University many years ago.