Monday, October 17, 2016

In May 2016, ARC Document Solutions added John George Freeland to its Board of Directors

Mr. Freeland also serves as member of the Board of Directors of WNS Holdings, and, when he was appointed to that position, the Chairman of WNS said this about Mr. Freeland, “We are excited to have John join the WNS Board of Directors,” said Adrian T. Dillon, Chairman of the Board. “John brings to WNS a wealth of experience in the solutions and services business, and we look forward to benefitting from his unique perspective and valuable insights.”

Given that ARC Document Solutions is definitely in the business of providing solutions and services, looks to me like Mr. Freeland was good choice for ARC's Board, especially considering Mr. Freeland's background/experience.

According to his profile on LinkedIn, Mr. Freeland’s current and past endeavors include the following:

JF Fitness of Virginia – he is the founder of this business, which was founded in August 2014.  I was unable to find any detailed information on JF Fitness of Virginia.  The previous CFO of the company, Kim Destro (who, after one year, left JF Fitness of Virginia in July 2015, reported (on LinkedIn) that, at JF Fitness of Virginia, she did the following:
- Conduct due diligence work on fitness facilities purchased throughout Virginia
- Work with sellers, brokers, bankers, attorneys to ensure smooth closing, transition of property and business
- Maintain all company bank accounts, financial records, vendor relationships and business systems
- Manage human resources, including payroll, and procurement.

So, perhaps JF Fitness of Virginia was (or is) pursuing a roll-up of independent fitness businesses in Virginia?

SymphonyIRI Group – he was the Executive Vice Chairman of the company from June 2012 through December 2012 and, prior to that, was the CEO of the company from October 2007 through May 2012.
This company rebranded itself at “just” IRI in April 2013.  Here’s a bit of history “about” IRI:
IRI was formed as Information Resources, Inc. ("IRI") in Chicago in 1979 with the introduction of the BehaviorScan service, a testing service that quantifies the ROI of a new TV advertising program. IRI became a public company in 1983. By 1993 Fortune Magazine had named IRI a "company to watch" for expanding into two of its biggest markets: analyzing nationwide scanner data on consumer products and producing computer software. At that time slightly more than half IRI's revenues came from Infoscan, its marketing data service. Shortly thereafter in 1995, IRI rolled out its ScanKey panel service, in which consumers nationwide could scan the barcode of their CPG product purchases at home to enable purchase tracking by various household demographics.  In late 2003, IRI was acquired by Symphony Technology Group, run by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani. The new leadership led to a focus on IRI's predictive analytic applications. In April 2013, SymphonyIRI Group, Inc. announced that it is rebranding as IRI.  IRI’s web-site is located at  The company, reportedly, has around 3,600 employees. – Mr. Freeland was the President, Worldwide Operations, of from October 2005 through September 2007. 
AccentureMr. Freeland joined Accenture (one of the world’s largest and most prestigious management consulting practices) in 1979, and, from 1995 through September 2005, he was a Managing Partner of various groups at Accenture.

Other Board of Director Positions - - -

WNS Holdingshe is a member of the Board of Directors of this company, which, apparently, is dually based in Mumbia and NYC.  (See Press Release related to that):

NEW YORK & MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 2, 2014-- WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) services, today announced the appointment of John Freeland to the company’s Board of Directors effective September 1, 2014. John brings over 35 years of experience to WNS, most recently as President and CEO of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), a leading global provider of information, insights and decision solutions. In his previous roles, John was President - Worldwide Operations for and a Managing Partner at Accenture in the areas of global Insurance and global Customer Relationship Management. During his 26-year career at Accenture, John was also appointed a member of Accenture’s executive committee. John has a B.A. in Economics and an MBA from Columbia University.
“We are excited to have John join the WNS Board of Directors,” said Adrian T. Dillon, Chairman of the Board. “John brings to WNS a wealth of experience in the solutions and services business, and we look forward to benefitting from his unique perspective and valuable insights.”
With this addition, the WNS Board of Directors will consist of nine members, including eight non- executive directors.
About WNS

WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS) is a leading global business process management company. WNS offers business value to 200+ global clients by combining operational excellence with deep domain expertise in key industry verticals including Travel, Insurance, Banking and Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods, Shipping and Logistics and Healthcare and Utilities. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of business process management services such as finance and accounting, customer care, technology solutions, research and analytics and industry specific back office and front office processes. As of June 30, 2014, WNS had 27,760 professionals across 34 delivery centers worldwide including China, Costa Rica, India, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, visit

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