James P. Northrup James P. Northrup

James P. Northrup

Associate Senior Consultant

400 Valley Road, Suite 103
Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856

"Getting to high-performance requires changing minds, hearts, skills—and leadership behavior."

Jim Northrup is an associate senior consultant with Guttman Development Strategies, Inc. (GDS). Jim brings 20 years of experience as a business executive and 10 years as a management consultant. Jim’s focus is assisting organizations to improve the productivity and utilization of their human capital through organization redesign, process improvement, talent acquisition, team development, executive coaching, performance management, and total rewards alignment.

Jim has delivered major HR and organizational-improvement programs to a wide variety of Fortune 500, mid-sized, and entrepreneurial companies. He has consulted and recruited across a broad range of businesses, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, professional services, healthcare, forest products, medical devices, manufacturing, hospitality, publishing, hi tech, nonprofits, and retail.

Many of Jim’s engagements have focused on utilizing HR as the leverage point to increase organization productivity and capability. Jim manages the complete consulting cycle, from diagnosis and design through development and implementation. He has led a wide variety of projects that accelerated business strategy and the alignment of people with business processes, resulting in substantial increases in competitive advantage.

Prior to joining GDS, Jim was global vice president of human resources for Kroll Inc., then the world’s leading risk-mitigation consulting firm. Jim’s business experience also includes being one of the founding partners of IMCOR, Inc., which grew to become the U.S.’s leading human capital management firm specializing in “portable executive” (temporary) recruiting and placement.

Earlier in his career, Jim led Merck & Co., Inc.’s worldwide corporate staffing function, which included all external recruiting, internal staffing, college relations, high-potential- talent development, succession planning, and career-transition management programs. During the time that Jim held this position, Merck won Fortune magazine’s “Most Admired Company” award five years in a row.

In a prior position, Jim was responsible for corporate and professional talent acquisition and development for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, including professional development, executive recruiting, college relations, and special HR projects.


  • M.B.A., Wharton School
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania


  • Author
  • Jim has authored numerous books and articles on a wide variety of business topics and has been a featured contributor to numerous professional association conferences and professional development organizations.
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Served on the Board of Directors of several professional and business organizations, including CareerDNA, The Society for Human Resource Management, The International Association of Corporate & Professional Recruiters, The Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, The Fairleigh Dickinson University Human Resources Advisory Board, ExecuNet Inc., and IMCOR, Inc.
  • Also served on the Board of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Wharton Club of New York.
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