James E. Lee

James E. Lee


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James E. Lee

Professional Background

  • 27 years of professional experience
  • Sr. Executive at companies ranging from large global public companies to venture/PE backed start-up companies
  • Consulting experience supporting start-up companies, primarily in the technology space
  • Director/Advisory Board of multiple start-up companies and national non-profit organizations
  • Subject matter expert in US & EU data privacy and cybersecurity; business identity theft
  • Degrees from the University of Texas School of Information, Center for Identity; the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; and the University of Arkansas

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • Executive experience in building & scaling teams; strategic marketing, branding, & communications; public affairs; corporate governance; marketing & sales operations; brand integration; internal & external messaging; strategic awareness building; strategic philanthropy
  • Pre-& Post-merger Communications lead for International Paper’s acquisition of Union Camp ($4B), Shorewood Packaging ($1B), & Champion International ($7B); divestiture and capacity reduction
  • Executive sponsor for all marketing, branding, & communications due diligence and integration efforts at ChoicePoint (NYSE:CPS); ~60+ acquisitions & five divestitures
  • Brand integration for 60+ acquisitions, including Day One and Post-merger activities, product realignments & rationalizations, and team reassignments

Industry & Sector Experience

  • Data Analytics & Information Management: Created the ChoicePoint (NYSE:CPS) master brand from~60 acquisitions and/or mergers
  • Rebuilt the ChoicePoint brand after a highly publicized data breach cost the company nearly $3B in marketcap. Stock closed within $.10 of all-time high on the 1Y anniversary of the breach
  • Pulp & Paper Packaging: Led International Paper’s global pre- & post merger & integration communications effort for three $B+ acquisitions within 18 months that added 60+K employees in 18 countries
  • Cybersecurity: Led Waratek brand & product transition from productivity software to cybersecurity SaaS model. Went from last to first among peers in key metrics. Served on the Waratek Board of Directors
  • Start-up Tech: Served as Director or Advisory to multiple companies thqt successfully executed an exit strategy, including companies in the Wireless, Data, Identity, and Restaurant markets

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