James B Treleaven

Interim CEO, CTO, COO, CMO, Turnaround


Jim Treleaven is an Interim CEO and turnaround executive well versed in leading both public and private companies ranging in size from $40M to $500M. He has run organizations as diverse as Dun & Bradsteet and DeVry University. Jim helps companies significantly increase revenue through comprehensive programs that integrate all parts of the organization in the revenue capture process. He has led several troubled companies back to health, successfully emerging from Chapter 11 and receivership, and specializes in corporate strategy, innovation, marketing and sales, customers experience, M&A and investor support. Jim also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois.


Company Stage Focus: Startup, Early Stage, Late Stage Venture Funded, Private Equity Backed, Turnaround/Distressed, IPO, Public, Private, Family Owned, Bankruptcy

President, DeVry University Chicago

DeVry University serves 15,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs in business and technology.

CEO, Catalyst International, Inc.

Catalyst was a NASDAQ nationally traded supply chain software company that was bleeding cash, had only about 3-4 months of cash on hand and faced widespread customer attrition and lawsuits (Fortune 50 companies). Aggressive action allowed the company to survive, grow revenue by more than 50% and return to profitability. Shareholder value recovered and the company was taken private and ultimately acquired by CDC.

Division President, D & B Software

The software division of Dun & Bradstreet was acquired by Geac Computer Corp., a public Canadian company. With revenues approaching $500 million, the business had not grown in 10 years and was suffering significant losses. By focusing on the core business, adding modest product extensions and adding a service offering, the company grew by an average of 12% per year and became significantly profitable.

CEO, Visual Intelligence, Corp.

Visual Intelligence was a three-year-old technology startup that had no products, no capital and little commercial revenue. The company survived, became profitable and was the leading firm in a small niche market. The company was acquired.

Receiver, Repository Technologies, Inc.

RTI, a small privately held CRM software supplier, entered Chapter 11. As the Federal District Court appointed receiver, the company became cash flow positive and was successfully sold.


• Turned around Catalyst International recovering $40mm in shareholder value
• Turned around D&B Software (Geac) from significant loss to $80mm in EBITDA
• Built computer graphics business from $3mm to $40mm and profitable in 4 yrs.
• Built de novo digital printing business into global industry leader
• Turned around graphics software start-up to growth, profitability and successful sale
• Successful Receiver for Repository Technologies


• Visual Intelligence
• Catalyst International
• SmartTrack Logistics
• Linked Local Network
• Global CommerceZone
• Colloquy, Inc.


• Phd, Case Western Reserve Univ
• BS Computer Engineering, Case Western Reserve Univ
• MBA, University of Minnesota

Years Executive Experience: (30)
Years as an Interim Exec: (7)
Company Size: ($1.1M-$500M)

• Board Advisory
• Turnaround: Crisis Management, Distress, Bankruptcy
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Alliances & Joint Ventures
• Building a management team
• Corporate Governance
• International Business
• B2B
• Sales Management
• Product Marketing
• Advancing & Emerging Technologies
• Technology Development

• Business Services
• Biotechnology
• Engineering
• Cellular/Mobile Technology
• Exit Planning
• Computer Hardware/Backbone
• Information Services
• Manufacturing
• Professional Services
• Consumer Electronics
• Turnaround
• Corporate Innovation
• Crisis Management
• Digital Media
• E-Commerce
• Education
• Electronics
• Embedded Systems
• Emerging Technologies
• Fitness/Health/Nutrition
• Government
• Healthcare
• Industrial Automation
• Corporate Innovation
• Internet
• Management Consulting
• Medical Devices
• Nanotechnology
• Network Services
• Network Storage
• New Product Development
• Packaging and Supply Chain
• Paper
• Private Equity and Venture Capital
• Process Control Equipment
• Robotics
• SaaS and Cloud Computing
• Sales
• Security Products and Services
• Semiconductor
• Software Development/AI
• Sports
• Staffing and Recruiting
• Telecommunications
• Transportation and Logistics