About James Nelson
James Nelson began his executive career 30 years ago at Bain and Co., the world’s premier business strategy consulting firm, where he managed teams of consultants on four continents, solving CEO-level programs for global companies. Prior to joining Solar3D, he spent 20 years in the private equity industry as a capital partner and operating CEO to portfolio companies. Mr. Nelson was a General Partner at Peterson Partners from 2007 through 2009 and at Millennial Capital Partners from 1991 through 2010. In addition to his responsibilities in acquisition and divestiture, Mr. Nelson worked as an executive in a number of portfolio companies. He served as CEO of Euro-Tek Store Fixture LLC, Chairman of the Board of American Retail Interiors, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Panelview Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Critical Power Exchange, as well as serving on numerous company boards. The companies Mr. Nelson has led have created exceptional returns for investors--sometimes more than 20 times the value of the original investment.
Prior to his years in private equity, Mr. Nelson was Vice President of Marketing at Banana Republic/The Gap, where he managed company-wide marketing, as well as the initial international expansion of Banana Republic. He was also General Manager for the highly profitable catalog division. He also served as Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Saga Corporation, a multi-billion dollar food service company.
Mr. Nelson received his master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was named "Outstanding MBA Graduate." His expansive experience in global companies, worldview strategic thinking and hands-on entrepreneurial and operating execution is ideally suited to help exploit Solar3D’s breakthrough solar cell technology in a multi-trillion dollar global market opportunity.