John Beeson is Principal of Beeson Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in succession planning; executive assessment, coaching, and development; and organization design. Over the years John and his team have been privileged to work with some of the largest and best-regarded companies in the world.
Earlier in his career, he served as partner and officer of Harbridge House, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting firm. 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 design 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 The Conference Board Review. John enjoys a longstanding relationship with The Conference Board and originated two Conference Board conferences: 1.) the Succession Planning and Top Talent Development seminar series and 2.) the Organization Design and Renewal Conference. He is co-author of a major Conference Board research study, "Developing Business Leaders for 2010" and author of The Unwritten Rules: The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level. He also writes a regular blog contributor to the Harvard Business Review.