James B. Kelly

Executive in Residence

James B. Kelly is an experienced international executive and entrepreneur who directed the global growth of a variety of American firms in over fifteen countries. He lived in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia and speaks French and Italian. Jim was a founder, president and CEO of Flight Explorer, a software and IT solutions provider to the global aviation community acquired by Sabre Holdings. He also founded SynXis, a leading hotel reservation management software provider, also acquired by Sabre Holdings, where for eight years he served as president and CEO.

Jim is a former Vice President, International, of BDM, an 8,000-person Carlyle technical services firm now part of Northrop Grumman. He previously served as International Programs Vice President at SAIC and before that was Deputy Assistant Secretary, Economic Policy, Africa the Near East and South Asia under Secretary Malcolm Baldrige in the second Reagan Administration. Prior to joining the Administration he held various international engineering marketing positions, worked for several years on Capitol Hill and served six years in the Pennsylvania Legislature. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he served for ten years on the Pamplin Business School Advisory Board, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.