J Bethmann recruiter tech telecom IT defense

Jim Bethmann

Managing Partner


With a career spent almost entirely in leadership positions, Jim Bethmann has a keen sense of the qualities required to lead and drive success. His 30+ years of hands-on leadership experience – including 15 years in executive search, 10 years leading 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 technology, telecoms, IT services/outsourcing, and defense.

Jim leads the TMT & IT Services Practice and focuses on recruiting board directors and c-suite executives in software, IT services, cloud/outsourcing, internet/media, telecommunications, hardware/systems and defense markets on a global basis.

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, CBS 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 sits on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, including Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (TSYS), Codekko, 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.

Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Navy lieutenant commander.