Jim Haid has held executive positions at AT&T, PSINet, Convergent Media Systems, NationsRent, and most recently at HEICO Aerospace; Jim is also a Principal at The Pepper Hill Group with practices in business strategy, information technology, and educational consulting.
Jim’s career at AT&T spanned over 20 years of increasing responsibilities. As an AVP with AT&T Government Markets he led the business development and introduction of complex technical solutions to government customers. His earlier experiences at AT&T included leadership in R&D, product introductions, program management, network engineering, network operations, and personal support for critical customers and high-profile programs. AT PSINet Jim was the C level executive responsible for global network operations, systems administration, and network engineering. As Vice President – Global Network Operations he had direct reporting teams in the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East.
Jim was President, Broadband Networks Group at Convergent Media Systems where he was responsible for the development of program plans for the deployment of a national broadband network.
While EVP and CIO at NationsRent Jim was one of 5 key corporate officers responsible for business development strategy and execution. Responsible for all Information Technology Programs; systems; applications; infrastructure; operations support; and telecommunications. NationsRent was acquired for $270M and sold for $1.1B after three years of improving operations and profitability.
Jim holds dual Bachelor and Masters Degrees; B.A. Mathematics from Saint Vincent College and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State; and an M.S in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. in Advanced Business Management from Pace University.
Executive education includes programs Indiana University and Yale University. He is also a member of a number of Executive Steering Committees and Advisory Boards for CIO and COO Councils and universities.