James builds high-growth, global digital businesses as entrepreneur/executive (Skype, Condé Nast, OpenX, Yahoo!, UpMyStreet), board director (Farfetch, Vestiaire Collective, Science Museum Group) and advisor/investor (UK Government Digital Service, Seedcamp, Roli, Mobclix).
He recently served as President, Digital at Condé Nast International, where he sat on the Executive Committee and transformed the digital activities of iconic brands such as Vogue, GQ, Wired and Vanity Fair across 24 markets outside the USA. He led its investments in e-commerce leaders farfetch and Vestiaire Collective, on whose boards he continues to serve, whilst also remaining an advisor to Condé Nast on investments and acquisitions.
He was formerly CEO of OpenX, the world’s leading digital and mobile advertising platform, serving billions of ads daily across 100+ countries.
James joined OpenX from Skype, where he served as part of the founding management team as its first Vice President to run the global Business Development team. He later took responsibility for Skype’s activities and performance across Europe.
James previously held a range of senior commercial and general management roles at Yahoo! in Europe. Prior to that, he co-founded and ran www.upmystreet.com, an award-winning local information business, following a successful career in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan Chase.
He currently also serves on the UK Government’s Digital Advisory Board and on the Enterprises Board of the Science Museum Group in London.