John Lowe joined Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2009 as Chief Executive and part-owner after receiving a late-night call from his long-time friends, Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer. The couple knew they had created something amazing, and they knew their friend was just the person to help it skyrocket. John took the leap to the four-shop ice cream company based on his belief that Jeni Britton Bauer was a once-in-a-generation talent who was making the finest ice cream the World had ever known. Since John joined Jeni’s, the Company has grown to more than 30 shops, from LA to DC, and has “gone national” with its pints on the freezer shelves of more than 1,800 of America’s finest retailers. The Company has received innumerable accolades, from a Time Magazine headline asking, “Can The Best Ice Cream In America Be Its Biggest?” to Inc., Fast Company, and Fortune, as well as “Best Dessert” and “Best Product Line” “Sofie Awards” from the Specialty Food Association. John has appeared on Bloomberg and MSNBC, but generally remains behind the scenes in favor of the Company’s founder, who remains its creative driving force. For the company’s handling of a 2015 outbreak of listeria monocytogenes, including its transparency with consumers and management through the crisis, John received the Specialty Food Association 2016 Business Leadership Award.
Prior to Jeni’s, John served in numerous leadership roles with General Electric Company, including stints as General Counsel of GE’s Business & General Aviation startup and its Aviation Services Global Operations, a $14B P&L operating 35 MRO facilities and joint ventures around the globe. While at GE John served as an Officer of GE Honda Aero Engines, a joint venture created to power HondaJet. John began his legal career with Kegler Brown, where he was twice named a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers, was a 40 Under 40 recipient at 29, and was cited by the Columbus Bar Association and Columbus Public Schools for his “volunteer work, mentoring and commitment to Columbus-area youth.”
John is as an outside director of White Castle Company, and serves on the advisory boards of Watershed Distillery and Acre Farm-to-Table-To-Go. He serves on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Youth Foundation. He is a graduate of University of Illinois, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, GE’s famed Manager Development Course, the Human Performance Institute’s Executive Course, and most recently, Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. John is dad to three boys, 7, 9 and 12, and loves coaching their basketball teams. He is married to their mother, Catherine L. Strauss, a partner with IceMiller who primarily handles high-profile litigation for large corporations.