Principal’s Bio

James M. Weatherall is the President and Founder of the Weatherall Group LLC, a management consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Weatherall offers extensive experience in serving the innovation support, business intelligence and market research needs of multinational companies in the consumer products, petroleum products, chemicals and materials, and agricultural/specialty pesticides industries. Throughout his more than 35+ year career, Mr. Weatherall has advised senior management of regional and multinational organizations on strategy development, market size and segmentation analyses, business and competitive intelligence, and related services.

Prior to founding the Weatherall Group LLC, Mr. Weatherall was a senior vice president of Kline & Company, Inc.  Kline is a leading global management consulting and market research firm.  Mr. Weatherall was based at the firm’s headquarters in the greater NYC area.  As senior vice president, a role he assumed in 2001, he had P+L responsibility for the Kline Market Research (KMR) division of the company. In this capacity, he recruited, trained, and led a global staff of over 30 professionals in 9 countries. He was a member of Kline’s corporate board since 2001, and also served as Secretary of the Board.

During his tenure at Kline & Company, Mr. Weatherall was one of the key executives responsible for leading the firm through several ownership and leadership changes.  In 1990, he was named vice president and corporate officer, with global responsibility for the Petroleum Products, Plastics and Materials, and Manufacturing Economics industry practices. He also assumed responsibility for training new staff on best practices for conducting industrial marketing research, with an emphasis on primary field research. Mr. Weatherall spent the first ten years of his career at Kline leading and managing global project teams in conducting and delivering custom consulting engagements and multiclient market research reports to middle and senior management at the firms’ multinational clients.

Mr. Weatherall holds a Master of Management Science and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, both from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is currently serving as President of the Societe de Chimie Industrielle, American Section, for 2018-2019, where he has served as a Board Member since 2011. He is a past-Board Member and Program Chair of the Chemical Marketing & Economics Group (CM&E) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), NY Section.

Throughout his career, he has traveled extensively worldwide, and worked closely with diverse and highly-skilled colleagues in numerous global locations to meet the evolving needs of his clients.  He has authored, co-authored and presented numerous articles and speeches on the outlook for specialty lubricants, high-performance plastics, specialty packaging, advanced materials, personal care, and other markets for international and U.S. conferences and publications.

He and his wife currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. They have two grown children, and enjoy reading, sailing, equestrian activities, and touring California.