John Beeson, Our Principal
John Beeson is Principal of Beeson Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in succession planning; executive assessment, coaching, and development; and organization design. Earlier in his career, he served as partner and officer of Harbridge House, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting firm. Clients for whom John has consulted include Best Buy, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, International Paper, Philips Electronics, Sprint, Bank of America, Aetna, MassMutual Financial Services, and UTC.
In addition to his consulting experience, John worked at Hallmark Cards, Inc., serving as Corporate Director of Organization and Human Resource Development. Prior to joining Hallmark, John was responsible for management and organization development at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, Inc. At both Frito-Lay and Hallmark his responsibilities included management development, succession planning, and organization development on a company-wide basis.
John is a graduate of Amherst College and holds an MBA from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania. His articles on succession planning and talent development have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Business Horizons, People & Strategy, and Across the Board. He originated and served as program director and speaker at the Conference Board's Succession Planning and Top Talent Development seminar series. He is co-author of a major Conference Board's research study, "Developing Business Leaders for 2010." In addition his firm orchestrated and co-sponsored the Conference Board's Organization Design and Renewal Conference. John is the author of The Unwritten Rules: The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level (Jossey-Bass) and is a regular blog contributor to the Harvard Business Review.
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