Jim Jefferies is a retired AT&T and Lucent Technologies executive who in 33 years rose from manufacturing engineer to vice president. He worked in many areas including early development of fiber optic cables, quality assurance, and export logistics. More recently, he teamed with fellow business school graduates as Chief Operating Officer in an entrepreneur venture in San Francisco. He was 2015 President of IEEE-USA and chairs the IEEE-USA Entrepreneurs Committee. In addition to technical degrees, he attended the Stanford University Business School as a Sloan Fellow earning an MS in Management.