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Advisor

Jim Cash

Advisor

Jim Cash

Advisor

“Since my first job as Director of Data Processing several decades ago, I have always been interested in how technology leaders help companies exploit emerging technology to improve their competitiveness. My affiliation with GC provides me with curated access to early stage companies that will facilitate significant changes in enterprise business models.”

My current focus is on digital transformation, and understanding how enterprise companies leverage emerging technologies to accelerate that transformation.  In addition, I spend time thinking about how large enterprise companies can sustain growth and innovation as their business models evolve, new regulations that enterprise companies need to adhere to, such as ESG and privacy mandates, and cybersecurity.

The early part of my career was spent as an academic, serving Harvard Business School 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.  My non-academic activity included serving on public, private and not-for-profit boards, including Wal-Mart, 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 and Mass General Hospital.  I continue to serve as a director for Chubb Ltd. and The Boston Celtics, an Advisor for Grain Management and on the Advisory Council for The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  I complement these activities with advisory and board roles for early stage technology companies that are focused on enterprise systems.

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. 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 been inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, and the NCAA Academic All-American Hall of Fame, and was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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