James Jefferies is the IEEE President. He is a retired AT&T and Lucent Technologies executive who in 33 years rose from manufacturing engineer to Vice President. He worked directly with the Bell Labs teams that developed fiber optic cables, and also served as logistics Vice President responsible for worldwide supply chains, quality assurance, and export planning. More recently, James teamed with fellow Stanford Business School graduates in an entrepreneurial venture in San Francisco for which he served as COO.
While he was 2015 IEEE-USA President, James supported expanded focus on public visibility, young professionals and humanitarian outreach. He earned his BSEE from the University of Nebraska, an MSES from Clarkson University, and is a licensed PE (Emeritus). James attended the Stanford University Business School as a Sloan Fellow, earning an MS in Management.