John Landry


At MyNextSeason, John uses his experience as a business writer and historian to craft articles, white papers, and materials for clients in career transitions.  

John Landry is a business writer and historian with experience in a variety of media, from blogs and conferences to articles and books. He is adept at taking a mass of detail and distilling the story or key insights that readers will find useful. At MyNextSeason, John conducts in-depth interviews to craft articles, white papers, and/or memoirs for clients repositioning themselves for next season goals.  

From 1996–2009, John served in a variety of roles at Harvard Business Review (HBR). As an HBR editor, he worked closely with authors to bring out their ideas with clarity and impact, often ghostwriting most or all of the articles. He also ran the magazine’s book section, where he reviewed hundreds of books and contributed regularly to the HBR Editors’ blog. Drawing on his earlier expertise, he carried out several projects on the history of the magazine and the ideas it championed. 

Along the way, John became business development editor, a senior position in which he oversaw the magazine’s syndication business. In that new role, he greatly expanded the magazine’s licensed translated editions, adding magazines from Brazil to China. Over 9 years, the magazine went from 2 editions to 10, with a corresponding increase in annual royalty payments from $400,000 to $2.6M. His work with syndication has given him experience in the commercial side of publishing, including deal-making and managing partners. 

While continuing as a contributing editor at HBR, he now works mainly as an independent business writer of blogs, articles, and books, as well as commissioned histories. He has worked with a variety of clients, from individual entrepreneurs and CEOs to consulting firms and large corporations, with topics ranging widely by industry and management challenges. 

John earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in economic history from Brown University. In addition, he served as a research associate at Harvard Business School.  



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