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James W. Gauss

James W. Gauss, senior partner, has more than three decades of experience consulting on senior executive leadership search and succession planning, skill set evaluation, and recruiting in periods of rapid change and transformation. Jim has worked in the state of California for over 25 years, and participated in hundreds of executive search consulting engagements during the course of his career for health systems, hospitals, and related associations in the West and across the nation.

Named by BusinessWeek as one of the top 100 most influential executive search consultants worldwide, he has deep relationships with leaders in healthcare, insurance/managed care, higher education, related associations as well as with a wide variety of other businesses and foundations. Jim speaks nationally on health policy and healthcare issues at industry events. He has also been widely recognized for his work on diversity and disparities of care issues. He is widely published in this area and recently served two terms as a board member with the Institute for Diversity, and chaired a task force on Advancing Diversity in Governance and Leadership. He presently serves on the National Board of Advisors for AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance.

M.H.A., Washington University, Saint Louis, MO
B.A., Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI


Thought Leadership

Closing the Gap in Healthcare Leadership Diversity: A Witt/Kieffer Study
Governing for Diverse Communities
Good to Great Healthcare Boards: Lessons for ACOs
Building Better Healthcare Boards
Governing in the Digital Age
Is Your Board Built for Change?
The Board Compensation Debate
Architect of the Future: Chief Strategy Officer is Powerful Addition to C-Suite
New Blood for Your Board
Recruiting the Right Mix
Integration; Patient Perspective Key to Healthcare Transformation
Why Boards Must Match CEO Competencies with Strategic Priorities
Bring Your Board Into the Digital Era
Strategic Skills Loom Large in Board Recruitment
Executive Talent Management: Smart Investing in Executive Talent Management
Diversity: Adopt These Strategies to Help Advance Diversity
Podcast: Bringing Rigor to Board Succession Planning
Trustees: Governing Boards Must Align Skills with Need
Trustees: New Faces in the Boardroom
Trustees: The New CEO - Four Ways to Make the Transition a Success
Board Services: For Retirees on Corporate Boards, the Rewards Go Beyond Cash
Board Services: Population Health and the Balanced Board
James W. Gauss
Senior Partner
4 Park Plaza
Suite 730
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-851-5070
Fax: 949-851-2412
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