James (Jim) Welch
Chief product officer
As chief product officer at Kronos, Jim Welch is responsible for overseeing the company’s global product organization and driving business strategy. He plays a critical role in continuing the company’s path of innovation and commitment to revolutionize the way organizations across the globe manage their workforce. Under Welch’s leadership, Kronos continues to be the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud, helping organizations to make sense of their workforce big data, and redefining what it means to manage in the moment.
Welch’s 30-year career in product development is both broad and global in scope. Most recently, as president and chief executive officer of Marathon Technologies, Welch facilitated an impactful business transformation including establishment of a channel strategy, strategic product vision, and the raising of funds – all of which ultimately drove double-digit, top-line growth for the company.
Prior to Marathon, Welch led the worldwide product development organization for IBM’s information platform and solutions business where he oversaw a 1,100-person global organization across 14 locations in eight countries, with responsibility for six distinct product groups. His success in this capacity led to him assuming the role of vice president and general manager of IBM InfoSphere, a high-growth software business recognized by industry influencers as the vision and execution leader in its market category.
Welch holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University and a bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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