Jim is a member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and a Managing Director of Thurston Opportunities Fund. Before this role, Jim was a Senior Managing Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Nomura Securities International, Inc., Asia’s global investment bank. Jim previously served as Head of Investment Banking Americas and Joint Head of International Investment Banking at Nomura. Jim joined Nomura in 2010.
Prior to joining Nomura, Jim was at Deutsche Bank where he held a number of senior positions including Head of Global Banking Americas. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 from Morgan Stanley, where he was a Managing Director in the Global Energy Group.
Jim has over thirty years of investment banking experience. He has worked on numerous M&A and financing transactions throughout his career.
Jim graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Northwestern University. He is Chairman of Youth About Business (YAB), serves as a Trustee of Northwestern University and is a Board Member of Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement (RSCA).
In 2012, after a career in investment banking, Michael launched BluePath Finance, which invests in energy efficiency and distributed renewable generation projects. BluePath has invested over $300M in projects across the country through a broad network of partners including national energy services companies and regional mechanical/electrical contractors. Michael’s responsibilities include developing new financing solutions, capital raising, transaction execution and new partner development.
Michael was born and raised in Northwest Illinois and he, his wife, son and two daughters live in California. Michael received his B.S. from Northwestern University and J.D. from the Georgetown School of Law.
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs, Fortune Brands Innovations
Henry S. Bienen (’09 H)
President Emeritus, Northwestern University
Senior Director, Principal Engineering, UL Solutions
Avram Buchbinder (TGS ‘11)
Lead Scientist, Catalysis Applications, Honeywell UOP
Illinois State Director, The Nature Conservancy
Chief Sustainability Officer at Exelon
Steve Feldman (McC ’92)
Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Darpan Kapadia (KSM ’00)
Chief Operating Officer of LS Power
Nat Kreamer (SoC ’99)
Chair, AMP Robotics; Founder, Fairtide
Mark S. Lillie (McC ’81)
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (retired); Former Chief Counsel, Federal Highway Administration
President & CEO, E-J Electric Installation Co.
President, Wanxiang America; Trustee, Northwestern University
Ray O’Connor (KSM ’88)
Partner, Energy Capital Ventures; Managing Director, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co.
Tom O’Flynn (WCAS ’82)
Venture Partner, Energy Impact Partners; Board Director, TransAlta; Lead Operating Director, Dimension Energy (a Partners Group Co.)
Kevin Self (KSM ‘91)
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Bruce Stephenson (WCAS ’87)
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Leidos