Jim McNicholas is the CFO at Cumulus Networks. He is experienced in financial strategy and analysis, most recently holding the CFO role for Panasas Inc.. Before that, he was the CFO for VSS Monitoring Inc. and two thin-film solar semiconductor firms after spending many years running financial operations for several divisions of IBM. Leveraging his talents in analytics, he knew he could contribute to a company that is leading the inevitable switch to the open-source networking model. Jim is stimulated by the complexity of managing high growth companies and strives to help Cumulus become a methodical and data-driven company.
Tying in with this, Jim has a management style that is clinical and process-driven. He expects his team to optimize results based on the evaluation of the metrics and measurements of the company, from marketing campaigns and sales ventures to budgets and revenue growth. Jim believes in the principle of continuous improvement and seeks to optimize processes for a fast growth environment. In his spare time, he has become an incredibly mediocre guitar player which is why he should probably stay at work.