Jim retired from Ernst & Young (EY) effective June 30th, 2019 extending three years beyond normal retirement at the request of the EY Executive Board. Throughout his forty-year career, Jim served some of the firm’s largest global clients and fulfilled senior leadership roles within the firm. He developed deep insights into relationships and governance practices among boards, senior management and their auditors; extensive knowledge of SEC financial reporting rules and regulations; familiarity with corporate financial staff organization and development; and experience with reporting and integration of mergers and acquisitions. Jim’s responsibilities were focused in the manufacturing, consumer products, technology and automotive sectors, and he also held significant recruiting, people development and training responsibilities.
Jim holds an M.B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance and International Business from The University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a B. S. degree in Accountancy from De Paul University and is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He has also taught many EY training programs as well graduate accounting classes at De Paul University. He served for several years on the De Paul University, Richard H. Driehaus College of Business advisory council and since 2017 on the board of Trustees of the University as vice-chair of the audit committee and member of the finance committee