He is the founder of Spencer Stuart’s Technology, Communications & Media Practice, which represents 20 percent of the firm’s client service worldwide. Jim also has been elected to his third term as a member of the Spencer Stuart Board of Directors. Since joining Spencer Stuart in January 1994, Jim has completed more than 300 executive and board director search assignments. Notable placements include:
of Motorola, Yahoo!, AOL, Vodafone, Eastman Kodak, Motion Picture Association of America, Gannett, BSkyB, Reader’s Digest, Primedia, Gartner, L.L. Bean, Ziff-Davis, Kinko’s, Reed Business Information, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Westin Hotels & Resorts, UPromise, Panavision, Sirius Radio and the Markle Foundation.
for Microsoft, Yahoo!, Gap, Eastman Kodak, Ingram Micro, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Rodale, Blockbuster, Akamai Technologies, Toys R Us and Harrah’s Entertainment.
of Microsoft, Viacom and Emmis Communications, among many others.
Jim is the author of four books on leadership and success, three of which have been international best-sellers translated into over ten languages: You’re in Charge, Now What? (Crown Business 2005), The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Crown Business 2003), Zoom: Navigating the Road to the Next Economy (Doubleday 2002) and Lessons from the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders (Doubleday 1999). He has co-produced and hosted special series based on the books for CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight (September 2003) and CNBC’s Squawk Box (January 2005). Jim has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and the CBS Early Show and has been interviewed by all major national print, television and radio outlets.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart in 1994, Jim was director of corporate planning at The Reader’s Digest Association. Before that, he spent five years with McKinsey & Company in the U.S. and France, serving as a senior engagement manager. Earlier, he was an associate with Goldman, Sachs & Company, and spent three years as a financial analyst with Morgan, Stanley & Co.
A 1981 graduate of Vassar College Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in economics, Jim serves as a member of the Vassar board of trustees. He earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, graduating with distinction in 1986.
Jim is a board member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and also serves on the advisory board of venture capital firm Maveron.