Managing Director

John M. Mann

John Mann is Managing Director at The Alexander Group with extensive experience conducting executive searches for clients ranging from major organizations to startup and middle-market enterprises. Mr. Mann has recruited for public and private clients across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific, including Fortune 500 corporations, startups, professional services firms and not-for-profit organizations.

From 2011 to 2024, Mr. Mann founded and led Alex & Red, a rapidly growing national search firm that extended a high-touch recruiting process for future C-suite leaders. In 2024, Alex & Red was integrated into The Alexander Group, where Mr. Mann is part of the leadership team.

Mr. Mann’s prior experience includes serving as a client account manager for Bowne, a financial, marketing and business communications services company, where he assisted Fortune 100 clients in the development of initial public offerings, debt and equity offerings, and other shareholder and compliance materials.

"We never see ourselves on the other side of a table with a client, we see ourselves as an extension of them."


  • University of Houston

    Master of Business Administration (with Honors), Finance

  • University of Texas at Austin

    Bachelor of Arts, English

Industry Experience

Legal and Professional Services
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Financial Services

What do you think differentiates The Alexander Group from other executive search firms?

For 40 years, we have developed strong relationships with our clients based on trust, integrity and transparency. We have a strong understanding of our clients’ organizations and cultures and conduct thorough and comprehensive searches with outstanding results.

What’s the highest compliment a client can give you?

That there is no other search firm they would choose or recommend than our firm, and I’m grateful that more than 85 percent of my clients do year-over-year.

What do you love about your work?

In addition to the relationships I have developed, I enjoy working closely with our clients through all steps of the search.

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