Who We Are

John Clayton

Chief Growth Officer
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John Clayton is the Chief Growth Officer at Three Ships and an Operating Partner for each of our portfolio companies. He is responsible for accelerating the growth of our portfolio through strategic external partnerships, incubating new markets, and other organic opportunities. In addition, John partners with Three Ships’ portfolio companies to accelerate growth via operational excellence initiatives.

As Chief Growth Officer, John has accelerated our businesses by researching and launching new categories, building distribution partnerships, and launching new channels and geographies, and coaching business leaders. He has brought operational excellence to our team through the development of best practice playbooks and deep-dive working sessions with our leaders.

Prior to joining Three Ships, John worked at McKinsey & Company for six years, where he was a leader in their consumer growth and travel and hospitality practices. He also served as Special Assistant to the Vice President at The World Bank. John received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with degrees in Economics and Chinese. John resides in Atlanta, GA with his partner and is an avid traveler, tennis player, and foreign language polyglot.