John Featherston

Instructor, Executive-in-Residence​

John is a seasoned strategist renowned for shaping Chick-fil-A, Inc.’s Growth Strategy, driving pioneering expansions into urban markets like NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and negotiating 250+ real estate transactions. As Co-Founder of Chick-fil-A New Ventures, he’s transformed the company into an R&D leader, leveraging startups and technology to fuel operational improvements and fresh revenue streams. His extensive network in Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Startup Accelerators fuels innovation. John’s impressive track record includes launching two companies—Real Zeal, a real estate development firm, and Horizon Insights, a consultancy driving strategic growth and innovation. He holds an Economics degree from Duke University and has completed Executive Development programs at Wharton and HBS.