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John Oliver

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John Oliver’s career in the financial services industry spans more than thirty years, working both in Europe and the United States. For the past 18 years he has built a thriving consulting practice with focuses on strategic planning, strategic management and governance throughout the financial services sector. His company’s FIplanner Strategic Planning System© for community-based financial institutions has been hailed as “a logical, step-by-step process without all the management-speak that’s so often involved.”

Through his company, Laurel Management Systems, Inc., Oliver also specializes in the design, development, and implementation of instructor-led training programs for management and directors. Many of these programs are structured around sophisticated computer simulations of the financial services sector. His consulting services and training programs are utilized by institutions of all sizes and types, from small community-based organizations to major multi-national institutions. Internationally his programs have been implemented for participants from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and Australia. His work with directors from all types of financial institution involves a constant striving for improved standards of governance.

Oliver was educated in his native England in banking and finance. His educational background combined with his extensive industry experience throughout virtually every sector of the industry, together with a proven ability to communicate, have resulted in his current position as a highly-regarded consultant in the fields of strategic planning, management training and governance.

He is on the faculty of the BAI Graduate School of Banking; he is the faculty lead and curriculum designer of the CUES School of Applied Strategic Management™; and he is listed in the U.S. publications Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World, as well as in the Dictionary of International Biography published in Cambridge, England. 

Oliver is the author of the book What Really Is Expected of Me?—The Directors Guidebook and has contributed to articles in various financial services publications.

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