James Woodrum
Jim Woodrum

Clinical Professor of Executive Education
Managing Director of Executive Education

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Jim Woodrum is a Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At Kellogg, he is Managing Director of Executive Education, with a focus is on designing and teaching in courses for senior executives and Board members. He has been at Kellogg since 2013.

Before joining Kellogg, Jim was with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught leadership and organization behavior classes in the Evening and Executive MBA program, and also taught executive education courses on strategy, leadership and talent management. While at Wisconsin, he also held the positions of Associate Dean--Executive and Evening MBA as well as President of the Center for Advanced Studies in Business.

In addition to his role at Northwestern, Jim is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA). With about 14,000 employees and 2017 revenues of $6.4 Billion, PCA is the fourth largest producer of containerboard and corrugated packaging products and the third largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper in the United States. PCA operates eight mills and 94 corrugated products plants and related facilities. Jim is also a Senior Advisor (of Counsel) with Exequity LLP, where he consults with companies on compensation, HR strategy, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Wisconsin in 2007, Jim spent more than 20 years with Hewitt Associates, an international human resources consulting and outsourcing firm, where he worked with senior management teams and Boards on executive compensation and other corporate governance matters. He earned a B.S. in finance from Millikin University as well as an MBA in finance and industrial relations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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M.M., 1988, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
B.S., 1984, Milikin University, Millikin University

Academic Positions
Clinical Professor of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2016-present
Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-present
Vice President-Custom Executive Education, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013-2013
Interim Director of Executive Education, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-2012
Faculty Associate, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011-2011
Associate Dean-Evening and Executive MBA Program, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008-2010
Program Director-Executive Education, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007-2007

Other Professional Experience
Consultant, Exequity LLP, 2011-present
Consultant, Hewitt Associates, 1984-2006

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