John Gannon is a founder/General Partner of SunBridge Partners with an investment focus in aerospace and power.
John co-founded SunBridge Partners and its predecessor Equitek Capital, and has played a key role in each firm’s development and investments, including Embedded Planet, Alien Technology, Flarion, NITV and Blue Spark Technologies. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Embedded Planet and Blue Spark Technologies.
John began his career as an engineer in the aerospace industry for the General Electric Astro-Space Division. At General Electric, he worked as a propulsion and orbit specialist on the Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS) satellite program. Working in the design, construction, launch, and in-orbit operation of an advanced constellation of defense communications satellites, John experienced the challenges of working on high-technology projects to meet the most rigorous long-term requirements.
Following work at General Electric, John earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and began a seven-year period of work in the field of currency derivative trading. He first worked at Merrill Lynch in New York as an Associate, and then joined NationsBank as a Senior Vice President. He subsequently became a Director in the currency trading group of Barclays Bank in London. At Barclays, he managed the Global Asia Portfolio of currency derivative products. One of John’s specialties was modeling of valuation for derivative products which has directly enabled him to design models to carry out valuations of SunBridge Partners portfolio companies.
John received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1993 and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University in 1989.