My J.E.D.I Why: “As a board member, former CEO and investor in the industry, I’m committed to the ‘J.E.D.I Strategy’. The time is NOW for CEOs, leaders, and companies to transform our industry with a proactive and engaged commitment to creating ‘for all cultures’ they support justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.”
James is a transformational leader with over 30 years as a CEO and operating executive in the Consumer Products, Retail and Restaurant industries. An experienced Board Director/Advisor with 15 years of experience in a dozen public and private Board appointments.
He is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Juice where he led the successful turnaround
and transformation of the company from a made-to-order smoothie shop to a global, healthy active
lifestyle brand. Prior to his role at Jamba, James also held senior executive positions at Safeway Stores, Inc., the Gillette Company, and Nestlé-Purina PetCare.
James currently serves on the boards of Adtalem Global Education, Panera Bread Company-JAB
Holdings, Simply Good Foods, and Schnucks, and is a Board Advisor at Ocean Spray. He previously
served on the boards of Callidus Cloud, Hillshire Brands and several other boards. His non-profit board experience includes Directors Academy, where he also is a founding member and currently Board Chairman, as well as Fair Trade USA where he is also Board Chairman. He previously served on the non-profit boards of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, The Organic Center and the Network of Executive Women.