Christopher James

Christopher James

Principal
James Financial Consulting

Christopher James is a finance professional with over 20 years of experience in fast-paced, high technology manufacturing environments.  His areas of expertise include cost accounting, general accounting, and financial planning.  Mr. James is proficient at developing accurate financial models and markedly improving the accuracy and efficiency of planning, reporting, and forecasting processes.  With his superior organizational skills, he is adept at successfully managing financial operations throughout challenging periods.

Since 2001, Mr. James has served as an independent consultant providing financial services and interim finance support to a variety of firms.  His recent projects include acting as part-time controller for a start-up company in the San Francisco Bay area, reinstalling general ledger and financial reporting systems for a small multi-product manufacturing company, and serving as interim controller for a manufacturing company in San Antonio, Texas.

Previously, Mr. James was controller for KeraVision, Inc. in Fremont, California, where he managed the operational accounting area (accounts payable, credit and collections, payroll, cost accounting, clinical study accounting, and financial planning).  His achievements included developing a fully integrated financial model of the company and providing projected business scenarios.  As acting vice president of finance, he reduced the monthly cash loss from $ 3.0M to $.4M in two months and managed the company through the Chapter 11 process, sale of assets, and transition to new owners.

At Silicon Graphics, Inc. in Mountain View, California, Mr. James served as finance manager of the Customer Support and Remanufactured Products Division.  He was responsible for management reporting, planning and forecasting, inventory reserve analysis, and supervising a staff of six to eight financial analysts.  Mr. James developed and implemented product line reporting by geographic region, reduced the closing and reporting cycle by three days, and led the division’s finance organization through a major reorganization.

As acting controller for Cylink Wireless Communications Division of P-Com Corporate in Campbell, California, Mr. James successfully managed the consolidation of Cylink Wireless Communications Division with the P-Com core company, consolidating two discrete business units with minimal interruption to the business.  As cost accounting manager for P-Com, he developed a standard costing process for the manufacture/buy environment, reduced month-end closing to three days, and implemented a cycle count program.

Mr. James’s previous positions include manager of cost accounting for the Microwave Communications Division, Harris Corporation; finance business manager for two divisions of Maxtor Corporation; and financial analyst and cost accounting positions for a variety of firms.


Education

M.B.A., Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
B.S. in Marketing, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut