John Montgomery’s firm, Lex Ultima, provides transformation management to boards of directors, senior executives, and stockholders to help them adopt the triple-bottom-line approach to business necessary to become a benefit corporation and leverage its advantages. He also provides transformative executive coaching to senior executives through Lex Ultima and the Center for Creative Leadership, where he is an adjunct executive coach. A corporate lawyer since 1984, Montgomery served as a co-chair of the legal working group behind California’s historic benefit-corporation legislation and has since become a leading authority on this new corporate form. Montgomery serves on the advisory boards of B Lab Europe, The Purpose of the Corporation, Reporting 3.0, Vista Caballo, and Trimergence to help develop new approaches to capitalism and leadership.
Prior to starting Lex Ultima in 2017, Montgomery co-founded Chrysallis, a behavior change company, in 2010 (acquired by Aduro in 2016) and founded Montgomery & Hansen, a prominent Silicon Valley corporate law firm, in 2003. Montgomery also founded Startworks Ventures, a benefit capital firm that has provided seed capital to new businesses since 2006, and is the author of Great from the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success.
In 2019, John co-founded a film production company – A Better Party Films – to make a documentary film about the global movement of business as a force for good called Awakening a Force for Good.