John McLaren

John McLaren
John McLaren is Chairman of the Barchester Group. He began his career as a diplomat, both in the Foreign Office in London and in the British Embassy in Tokyo. He then worked in investment banking, where he was a director of Barings, and in venture capital, where he was a General Partner with Hambrecht and Quist Venture Partners in San Francisco. During his subsequent time successively as a Director of Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank and Barchester, he has advised a wide range of companies on major merger and acquisition transactions, including Daimler-Benz, BMW, Nissan, BBA and Siemens.

In 1997 he published his first novel, Press Send, and has since written four more novels which have been translated into a wide range of languages. He was founder and Chairman of Masterprize, which for many years was the world's leading competition for symphonic composition. He is a non-executive director of several UK and overseas companies. He is also a Contributing Editor for Management Today magazine, and appears regularly on the BBC's "Bottom Line" radio and TV business programme.