With a career spent entirely in leadership positions, Jim Bethmann has a keen sense of the skills, behaviors, and leadership qualities required to lead, mentor and drive organizational success. His 30+ years of hands-on leadership experience – including 20 years in executive search, 10 years leading a $300M technology company operations on 3 continents and formative years as an active duty and reserve naval officer – have made him an industry specialist in the broader technology verticals of software, services, hardware & systems, telecom services & networks, to include SaaS, PaaS, CCaaS, UCaaS as well as managed IT services, cyber security, outsourcing & broader cloud services. He also serves the spectrum of the defense industry vertical with experience in the 3-letter agencies, DOD, Civilian agencies and Healthcare IT.
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,CISO and CTO function globally. Jim has placed over 100 Presidents & CEOs.
Previously, he held Executive search leadership roles at Heidrick & Struggles, Highland Partners, Korn/Ferry and Russell Reynolds. He is frequently quoted in business and industry publications.
Prior to executive search, Jim served as a president and corporate officer of 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. Most recently , Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (TSYS) and Netcordant. He is the former president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association in North Texas and Trustee where he remains intimately involved.
Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Navy lieutenant commander.