Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change
March 30, 2016 | 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Fenway Park EMC Club
The Boston CIO Awards Nominee Reception will honored all 2016 CIO Award nominees, and featured a keynote by former SVP & CIO of Georgia Pacific, James Dallas.
James addressed how CIOs can best handle change in the business world by sharing a lifetime of insights from his new book, Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail. Using firsthand accounts, he demonstrated that spearheading change doesn’t come from a formula; it emerges from relationships developed with honest communication and informed decision making.
Early in his career, James recognized that IT would have a revolutionary impact on the world. He looked at his first personal computer at Georgia Pacific and promptly enrolled in programming classes at Georgia State.
His early acceptance of IT was fortuitous. After starting as a cost accountant at Georgia Pacific, James rose to become SVP & CIO by 2006. He was responsible for the overall technology strategy, services, support, and infrastructure. James managed an annual budget of $200 million and 1,100 IT employees.
From there, James went on to Medtronics where he became SVP – Quality, Operations & IT. There, he was responsible for leading cross-business initiatives that optimize quality, customer service, IT, and the company’s global operating leverage. He managed an annual budget of $4.7 billion and 19,000 employees when he retired in 2013.
The majority of James’s career has been focused on bridging the gap between strategy and execution, using IT for competitive advantage, and leadership development. His book Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Succeed Where Others Fail was recently released by Wiley Publishing Company. James serves on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations. 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. Most recently, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association at the 2015 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards.
James grew up in Atlanta where he attended six different elementary schools and four high schools. He credits that experience for his ability to get along with people. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Aiken after attending on a basketball scholarship and in 1992 he earned a MBA from Emory University. He lives in Atlanta with Celest, his wife of 34 years. They have three daughters.