James B. Norton III
Company Info: Fiderion Group
Web site: www.fiderion.com
Address: 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Suite 2625, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
Advice: Make certain you have the best executive team in place. Make certain they are engaged on growth as well as risk and are rewarded for managing and reporting on both.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: This depends on the level of the engagement, the type of company, the executive make up of the organization, its infrastructure, strategy, etc.
Sector specialization: Financial services; Generalist (personally, not Fiderion); Regional/commercial banking; Asset management
Job function specialization: C-suite level (generalist); divisional level (generalist)
Geographical Focus: Mostly U.S., some international
Companies I often recruit for: Regions Financial Corporation, Morgan Keegan, Evergreen, Intech, Deprince, Race and Zollo (DRZ)
Favorite historical figure: Johnny Unitas: My all-time hero as a kid. Now it is Tiger Woods. They both are gentlemen in the press and politically. Not political, at least in public. They were both focused on their game, believe in hard work, winning etc.
Education: I attended Georgia Tech on a football scholarship. I did not graduate. I left school after receiving a severe head injury and decided not to return. I have taken educational/career oriented courses, including being certified in executive assessment (Benchmarks) at the Center of Creative Leadership.
Employment history: N/A
Other interests: Art and golf
Professional/Membership Affiliations: AESC
Experience in executive search consulting: 30 years
High Profile Placement: In 2007 to 2008, CFO, Head of Business Services, SEVP, Head of Consumer Services.
Other paths I might have pursued: Sports fishing
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: N/A