John Belden

Governance & Risk Practice Lead


As UpperEdge’s IT Governance and Risk Advisory Practice Leader, John Belden is responsible for the development and delivery of advisory services to clients. These services are designed to maximize the value extracted from systems integrators and mitigate risks associated with IT enabled transformations.

John’s current portfolio of client programs totals $1B in expected program costs. In a recent engagement, the Governance and Risk practice delivered accepted plans to reduce costs by $30M over the life of a program with expected costs of $250M. The heart of the practice is centered on risk mitigation with a focus on the assurance of operational continuity and harvesting the expected returns of IT enabled transformations.

Prior to joining UpperEdge, John was responsible for being the Vice President of the Timken Company’s Project ONE. This $220M program is recognized as one of the most successful deployments of SAP at a global manufacturing company delivering benefits doubling from the original business case. Prior to leading the Project ONE, John was VP Information Technology leading the organization through a globalization initiative,  integrating major acquisitions and putting in place Timken’s own offshore development center in the late 90’s.

John earned his B.A in Mathematics from Hiram College and M.S. in Computer Science from Kent State.

Contact John Belden
jbelden@upperedge.com