Johnston (Jack) Beach is a Senior Leadership Development Consultant at IBM, where he currently manages the Leadership Strategy and Research Group and has oversight of the Executive Leadership Development Programs. In that role, he has had a great impact on IBM’s recognition over the past several years as the #1 corporation in leadership development. Prior to coming to IBM, Jack was a Colonel in the United States Army and a Professor of Psychology who helped to build the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Jack spent thirty years in the U.S. Army. His career started as a draftee in 1969. He was trained as a combat medic and served with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam, where he experienced his first of many personal leadership experiences. He very quickly advanced from Private to a Platoon Sergeant. Commissioned in 1973, Jack spent nearly eighteen years in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, where he was a Professor and Director of the Psychology Programs. Before arriving at West Point, he taught at the U.S. Army’s Academy of Health Sciences, where he was a key member of the team who created a course for training the military’s paraprofessional counselors. He has consulted extensively on leadership development and leadership education throughout the world.
Jack received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Maine, Orono, and his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He is a graduate of various military schools, including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.