Playing to Win
Oct 24, 2017
H. James Dallas, President, J. Dallas & Assoc.
Playing to Win

H. James Dallas is the President of J. Dallas & Associates. He is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as an agent of change in large domestic and international corporate settings. James has successfully implemented more than 10 transformational and turnaround initiatives, 30 acquisition integrations, five operations/quality shared services centers of excellence and three innovation centers.

He has more than 30 years experience in general management and business operations roles, as well as Chief Information Officer positions. He retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Quality, Operations and IT at Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), a global medical technology company that employs approximately 45,000 people and does business in more than 120 countries. He also served as a member of Medtronic’s executive management team.

Prior to joining Medtronic in 2006, he was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a global forest products company that employs more than 55,000 people. In his 22 years there, he held a series of information technology and operating roles of increasing responsibility. He also served as a member of its executive management team. The majority of his career has been focused on bridging the gap between strategy and execution, using IT both strategically and entrepreneurially, in addition to leadership development.

He has been named one of the most powerful black men in corporate America several times in his career by Black Enterprise and Savoy magazines. He currently serves on several boards, including those of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG), Grady Memorial Hospital and The Atlanta Community Food Bank.

James has also written the book Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail and articles featured on His book was named by as one of the top ten business books of 2016. In 2013, he founded J. Dallas & Associates, a change management company that assists businesses leaders, nonprofits and governmental agencies achieve the organizational alignment needed to successfully implement transformational change.

He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and he and his wife Celest have been married for 36 years and have three daughters.

INVOCATION:  Mike Halpin