Our Leadership

The Jamison Group is an ensemble of world-tested executives who help organizations prepare for uncertainly and win in spite of it.

W. Virginia Walker

W. Virginia Walker


Virginia has been a Silicon Valley executive for over 20 years. She has an extensive background in finance, sales, marketing and general management across a broad spectrum of high tech environments. She has worked in companies ranging in size from a billion dollars in revenue to start-ups, and in varied industries including the telecommunications software industry, the business intelligence software industry, the biotech industry and the semiconductor industry.

Virginia is well known for her strong leadership abilities and her passion for business. She acknowledges that the early years in her career spent at General Electric’s Intersil Semiconductor Business Unit, where she had the opportunity to meet Jack Welch several times, contributed significantly to the development of her leadership style.

Her most recent experience at Enea, a Swedish telecommunications software company, included the role of General Manager of North America where she had P&L responsibility and led sales, marketing and finance for this operation and the Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Marketing, a role in which she led the transformation of the company’s business strategy.

During her years as a CFO, Virginia raised millions of dollars leading companies through equity and debt financing, including multiple IPOs, private placements, venture capital financing, bank financing and structured debt instruments. In the area of corporate structuring, she identified targets, led negotiations and developed integration plans for over 20 mergers, acquisitions and divestures.

Virginia has been highlighted in the San Jose Mercury News, Black Enterprise, CFO magazine and in the San Francisco Chronicle’s business section as a “Guru” for her leadership among CFO’s in the Biotech Industry and as a founder of the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers.

Virginia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Jose State University and has completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. She is a Senior Fellow (class V) in the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Leadership Forum.

Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes


With a 25-year career in Silicon Valley, Tom Hayes has run the full circuit. He worked in the chip business for AMD, the computer business at HP and was vice president of corporate marketing at the network software company, Enea. But he is best known for his role as vice president of Applied Materials, where his marketing strategies helped transform a once-little-known chip equipment company into a $10 billion powerhouse and a NASDAQ darling.

Along the way, Hayes was also the founding chairman and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, a public-private partnership that revitalized the Valley’s sagging economy in the 1990s. In a feature story on him, Fast Company magazine called Hayes “A Model Citizen for the 21st Century” for his many efforts to increase charitable giving among high tech companies. He and his work have been featured in everything from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, to Rolling Stone and Maxim magazines. Hayes graduated from Boston University, and did post-graduate work at Stanford University and the Harvard Business School. His new best-selling business book, Jump Point: How Network Culture is Revolutionizing Business, was published in February by McGraw-Hill.

John Smolucha

John Smolucha


John has enjoyed a 20-year career of developing and executing the strategies that successfully reposition companies and create new market segments. He has held executive positions at Enea AB, Motorola Semiconductor, Metrowerks Corporation, Encirq Corporation, and Software Development Systems. His experience spans a variety of industries ranging from semiconductors to telecommunications software to mobile handsets.

Industry colleagues refer to Smolucha as “one of those rare and truly inspiring leaders who takes on the ‘whole of it’ - with an uncanny ability to translate strategic vision into clear concise plans of action”. Extraordinary technical acumen combined with an engaging presentation style compliment his business skills. He is a frequently featured speaker at major industry events.

Smolucha spent the early part of his career working on missile guidance systems for the Department of Defense. He was awarded the U.S. Navy Medal of Achievement for outstanding leadership and technical expertise during the Persian Gulf crisis. After leaving the Defense industry he worked in the field of high-energy physics, where he helped design and implement many of the real-time control systems that powered the first super-conducting particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

He attended the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, is a graduate of the Landmark Education curriculum for Transformational Leadership and served as vice president of the D89 Board of Education in DuPage County, Illinois.

Linda Thompson

Linda Thompson


Linda is an accomplished, results-oriented technology marketing executive with a 20-year track record of delivering revenue growth for everything from Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She possesses a proven ability to develop and execute business strategies that consistently exceed revenue objectives. Her approach has been described as disciplined, smart, and results-oriented.

As a consultant specializing in marketing and business strategy and execution, Linda has been able to help clients address concerns around achieving revenue growth -- even in a stagnating market -- by identifying and effectively positioning them to win in growth segments and by stepping in as an interim executive to ensure successful implementation. Results have included increased visability and brand awareness; >4x lead flow and increased opportunity pipeline; and higher-level engagements which have resulted in bigger deals and shortened sales cycles.

In her most recent corporate role as vice president of Corporate Alliances at Enea AB, a $120M publicly held Swedish networking software company, Linda developed and implemented a comprehensive channel and ecosystem strategy that transformed Alliances into a powerful asset for the organization.

Her previous roles include senior positions at Intel, Mentor Graphics and start-up Ready Systems. During her tenure at Intel, Linda held several key positions including acting as an in-house business consultant to Intel's embedded silicon business unit. In these roles, Linda launched new product lines, established platform strategies and led a succession of high-performance operational teams distributed across three continents.

Linda achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science cum laude at the University of Colorado, Boulder, attaining numerous honors including Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering.

Charles F. Toney

Charles F. Toney


Charles has been providing organizational development and training to a number of fortune 500 companies for more than 25 years. Most of his career has focused on helping companies accelerate growth and improve performance. He spent approximately 15 years of his career at NUMMI — a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors, as a management consultant and trainer. Here, his work often took him to Japan where he became steeped in the Japanese methods of strategy management, synchronous manufacturing, quality control and team work.

Prior to NUMMI, Charles’ career primarily involved working at the manager and executive levels in various Human Resources roles including: Employment, Employee Relations and Human Resources Development. For the past three years, he has been an independent management consultant, actively engaged helping companies build high performing teams, create learning organizations and plan and work through complex organizational change. He is highly respected for his ability to “think outside the box” and to facilitate breakthrough policy activities in client organizations.

Charles has a passionate interest in contributing to the development of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders. To that end, he currently serves as the President and CEO Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (S.A.G.E.). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Jose State University. He has also completed graduate courses in Cultural Anthropology and earned a Certificate in Human Performance Technology.

Glen Toney

Glen Toney


For over twenty years, Dr. Glen O. Toney served as a top executive with Applied Materials, Inc., the largest supplier of products and services to the global semiconductor industry. As Group Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Dr. Toney led the development and implementation of Applied Materials’ Global Human Resources strategies and was also responsible for corporate philanthropy, community relations, public relations, governmental affairs and employee communications. Dr Toney was recognized in Forbes Magazine for helping to earn the company glowing recognition as one of America’s best places to work.

His professional career began as a scientific programmer for Lockheed Missile and Space, Inc. Before joining Applied Materials, he pursued his passion for using education to influence significant changes in the educational preparation of Silicon Valley’s future workforce. He served as assistant Superintendent of Schools in the Ravenswood City School District and the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Dr. Toney served as a member of the board of directors of Andrew Corporation, a telecom equipment manufacturer for the 8 years prior to the company’s acquisition in 2007. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Tectura Corporation, a global provider of service and value through consulting, software development and IT implementations.

Over the years, Dr. Toney’s involvement in community service has been extensive, always with an eye towards developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. He served as chairman of the 21st Century Education Initiative and as a member of the board of trustees of the Robert Noyce Foundation. He was also a member of San José State’s Curriculum Redesign Committee and Chico State University’s President’s Advisory Board and the School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board. Dr. Toney is currently a member of the California State Universities Board of Trustees.

Dr. Toney earned his doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Southern California. He also holds a bachelor’s degree, in philosophy, from Chico State University and a bachelor’s in mathematics from San José State University, where he also earned his master’s in instructional technology. He has received numerous awards including honorary doctorates from Santa Clara University and Chico State University, the David Packard Civic Entrepreneurs Award, Leadership in Action Award, People Acting in Concert Together, and the Tomas Rivera Corporate Leadership Award from National Hispanic University.