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James Absalom
Chief Commercial Officer – International
Global Supply Chain Practice Leader


James Absalom founded Walter James in 2015, leading as CEO until their acquisition by ZRG in 2021. He is a commercial executive search leader with a focus on global strategic growth. He originates and leads large searches across the C-Suite, managing his own clients, and bringing people in to grow the firm’s client base and business lines. As Chief Commercial Officer - International, he oversees growth of ZRG’s international footprint in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Australia, working closely with the board to identify, acquire, and integrate M&A targets.

Previous Experience

James has spent his entire career within global executive search and has developed an extensive network of talent within the life sciences, retail, and consumer sectors worldwide. His network has specific experience working within highly complex global organizations in senior leadership positions which require both change and transformation.

Areas of Expertise

James’s functional areas of expertise include Supply Chain, Executive Officers, Boards of Directors and Commercial, Business Transformation, Finance, Digital, E-Commerce and Analytics, Legal, HR, and IT. His past successful assignments have spanned executive search, interim management, project outsourcing, and market mapping.


James earned his BSc in Image and Display Technology from Nottingham Trent University.

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