Jim Cash

Jim
Cash

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My current focus is on digital transformation, and understanding how large scale enterprises can use emerging technologies to accelerate that transformation.  The challenge is sustaining growth and innovation while their business models evolve, new regulations such as ESG and privacy mandates are introduced, and continuously evolving cybersecurity risks must be effectively managed.

The early part of my career was spent as an academic, serving Harvard Business School (HBS) as a Professor and Senior Associate Dean.  My last two roles were Chairman of the MBA program and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Publishing Company. During 2020 HBS designated a building to become The Cash House. My non-academic activity included serving on public, private and not-for-profit boards, including Wal-Mart, Chubb, General Electric, Microsoft, Sprint, Scientific Atlanta, State Street Corporation, Alcon Labs, Knight Ridder, Tandy (renamed Radio Shack), National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Gardner Museum, Partners Healthcare, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Mass General Hospital.  I am currently a director for AURA, WELL, and The Boston Celtics, while serving as an Advisor for Grain Management.

Under the umbrella of The Cash Catalyst, LLC, I provide development programs for executives interested in the intersection of technology and business strategy. These membership programs assist senior technology executives and board members in addressing the challenges that have arisen from the digitization of traditional business environments.

While I love all sports, basketball is what I most enjoy watching.  I graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS in Mathematics, while being named an Academic All-American in basketball.  My jersey was retired by the university in 2011 and a statue was dedicated in 2022. I received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University's Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Accounting from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management.  I have received several honorary doctorate degrees, was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, and the NCAA Academic All-American Hall of Fame.

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