John O’Connell has over 30 years of leadership experience in emerging businesses and established organizations. He started his career designing and developing financial applications at Merrill Lynch and KPMG Peat Marwick. John was a member of the team for an IPO, the sale of a firm, and the packaging of two other firms for sale. He held North American leadership positions at Oracle for over 8 years.
John is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for The Oasis Group. A firm specializing in helping wealth management and technology firms to solve their most complex challenges. The Oasis Group helps firms with technology selection and implementation, sales processes and strategy, and processes to attract, sell, propose, onboard, and service new clients.
John is the author of Rise of The Activist Investor, a handbook for investors who want their money to reflect their values by exercising their rights as owners of publicly traded firms. He invented the Activist Investor Arc to describe how retail investors progress through different phases of activist investing. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from the College of Staten Island and an MBA in Finance from Rider University.