John Golden

John Golden

President, Product Pioneering
EXOS

John Golden is the president of product pioneering at EXOS. He’s responsible for the product vision, product development, and building a performance ecosystem at EXOS. He spent the past 20 years as an executive in Fortune 500 companies. He’s held leadership roles at Verizon, AT&T, and CNA Financial in technology and operations.

As a college football player, Golden suffered a career-ending knee injury in 1986. He faced increasing knee pain and lack of movement in both knees following his injury. After 23 knee operations, including a revolutionary human transplant on his left leg in 2005, Golden not only regained movement and the ability to live an active life, he sought to give back for the gift he was given. As a result, John has embarked on a mission to use his successful medical outcome to help others in the same situation.

Golden and Dr. Brian Cole, professor of orthopedics and head of the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center, created the LiveActive Fund for Orthopedic Research and Education at Rush. The goal is to raise awareness for alternative treatments, therapies, and training that allow people to resume an active lifestyle. Starting in late 2007, Golden began climbing mountains as a means of rehabilitation and to show what is possible with a tissue transplant. Following his first climb at Mt. Rainier, Golden has climbed 14 mountains, culminating in his climb of Mt. Everest in the spring of 2009. The expedition was captured on film by the Discovery Channel and aired in December of 2009.

Golden’s vision and leadership approach has garnered him recognition in the industry as the Executives’ Club of Chicago CIO of the Year and the Insurance and Technology Elite Award, as well as numerous other industry honors. John serves on the board of several organizations that include professional, advisory and non-profit. John speaks across the country to a wide variety of audiences including; industry and corporate forums, schools, universities, and fundraising events, focusing on the importance of leadership and team-building skills, goal setting, motivating yourself and others, and his own inspirational story of transformation.

In May of 2010, Golden joined Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears and Shaun O’Hara of the New York Giants on the USO tour to Kuwait and Iraq, sharing his inspirational message with our troops.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
90%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
55%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
72%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$10,790
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$44,010