James A. Runde is a trusted adviser to a number of the world’s leading companies, both as an investment banker and as an independent corporate director. He is the longest-serving investment banker at a single U.S. firm, having spent over 40 years at Morgan Stanley., where he was appointed vice chairman.
Jim is a director of the Kroger Company, the large national grocery chain, and previously served as a director of Burlington Resources, a large energy exploration and production company. He is also a trustee of the Morgan Library in New York City and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jim is well known for his role advising UPS on its famous and difficult decision to go public. In addition to his client-facing roles, Jim was asked if he could educate other bankers about emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), trust-based client relationships, and other soft skills. It wasn’t long before Jim’s presentations went global, became oversubscribed, and were sought out by professional services firms as well.