Meet Our Leadership Team

Jim McGovern
Board Director

Jim McGovern was named Tidewater’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Business Development in May 2017 and is a member of Tidewater’s Executive Management Team.

At Tidewater, Jim is responsible for leading the finance, information technology, treasury and risk management operations. Additionally, Jim works closely with the Executive Management Team to identify and pursue acquisitions that complement the company’s overall growth strategy.

Jim comes to Tidewater with over 30 years of domestic and international business experience primarily in manufacturing and distribution. Prior to joining Tidewater, Jim was the Chief Financial Officer for the Neil Jones Food Company, a large privately held food processing business with facilities employing over 2,500 employees and distribution operations across North America. Prior to that, Jim worked in the metals recycling industry for Schnitzer Steel Industries from 2004 – 2012. As Director for Business Development and Integration, Jim helped drive Schnitzer’s merger and acquisition activities by identifying and valuing target companies, overseeing integration and working with the acquiring business unit to achieve the expected financial returns.

Jim also spent time in the building products industry with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation from 1995 – 2004. He held various operating roles, including business unit general management, product development and controller for the Oriented Strand Board business after starting on their internal audit team. He began his career in finance as a Plant Controller with Georgia Pacific Corporation after which he worked for the Black and Decker Corporation as an internal audit manager.

Jim received his undergraduate degree in accounting and marketing and his MBA from the University of Portland.