H. James Dallas was born in a segregated hospital in Atlanta, raised by a single mother, and went on to become a senior executive at two global, multibillion-dollar Fortune 500 companies.
James retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Quality, Operations and IT at Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), a global medical technology company. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2006, he was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Georgia Pacific Corporation, a global forest products company.
In 2013, James founded J. Dallas & Associates, a change management company that assists businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and governmental agencies achieve the organizational alignment needed to successfully implement transformational change.
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. In 2015, James wrote the book Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail and has had articles featured on Fortune.com.
James and his wife Celest have been married for 35 years and have three daughters.