With a career spent entirely in leadership positions, Jim Bethmann has a keen sense of the skills and qualities required to lead and drive success. His 30+ years of hands-on leadership experience – including 23 years in executive search, 10 years leading a $300M technology company operations on 3 continents and 12 years as an active duty and reserve surface warfare naval officer – have made him an industry specialist in the broader technology verticals of software products & services, hardware & systems, telecom services & networks, as well as IT services, cyber security, outsourcing & cloud services. He also serves the defense industry vertical.
Jim currently leads the Technology Practice and focuses on recruiting board directors and c-suite executives in the above industry segments as well as in the CIO function globally.
Previously, he held leadership roles at Heidrick & Struggles, Highland Partners, Korn/Ferry and Russell Reynolds. He is frequently quoted in business and industry publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Marketwatch, Computer World and Financial Executive.
Prior to executive search, Jim served as president and corporate officer of Recognition International, a leading international systems supplier of high-performance document recognition systems, image and workflow software solutions. During his tenure he lived, built and led businesses in the Americas, the Pacific Rim (living in Tokyo & Singapore) and Europe.
Jim has significant corporate and nonprofit boards experience, including Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (TSYS), Netcordant, the Institute for Effective Leadership and The Lumen Institute. He is also a member of Business Executives for National Security and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He is the former president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association in North Texas and Trustee.
Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Navy lieutenant commander.