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 – include 23 years in leadership consulting, executive search, compensation analysis and organizational assessment. He spent 10 years leading a $300M technology company operations on 3 continents and his formative years as an active duty and reserve naval officer. He is 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 all leadership consulting services across the Board and C-suite in the above industry segments as well as in the CIO, CISO, CDO, and CTO functions globally. Jim has placed over 100 Presidents & CEOs in the past 20+ years and consulted with over 400 clients.
Previously, he held leadership consulting roles at Heidrick & Struggles, Highland Partners, Korn/Ferry and Russell Reynolds. He is frequently quoted in business and industry publications.
Prior to leadership consulting, 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. He is a member of the advisory board at Skyminyr, and served on the board and Chairman of the Compensation Committee at Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (TSYS) and Netcordant. He is the former president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association in North Texas and a current board Trustee of the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Navy lieutenant commander.
“Jim Bethmann and his team provided an excellent slate of candidates, delivered within the expected timeline and provided regular and interactive feedback throughout the process. They also assisted in the negotiation. We ended up with an exceptional CEO. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for senior leadership.” – Bill Haskell, Chief Executive Officer
“Great personable experience with John and Jim. Jim kept me apprised of the process, was easy to work with and had great energy. Made me feel great about my decision to move forward.” – Regina Acheampong, Senior Director, Strategy & Operations, Wonderschool
“All of the Caldwell team were knowledgeable, accessible, and supportive throughout the process. I felt that I was well prepared for my interactions with the board and senior leadership team of the company. The communication throughout the process was flawless.” – Chief Executive Officer, Leading medical intelligence platform
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