James Connaughton is a globally distinguished energy, environment, technology expert, as both corporate leader and White House policymaker. Mr. Connaughton is the CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, an ultra-energy and water efficient, low cost data center infrastructure company. Before joining Nautilus Data Technologies, he served as Executive Vice President of C3 Energy driving global strategy of an enterprise software platform as a service (PaaS). From 2009-2013, Mr. Connaughton was Executive Vice President and a member of the Management Committee of Exelon and Constellation Energy, two of America’s cleanest, competitive suppliers of electricity, natural gas and energy services. In 2001, Mr. Connaughton was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He served as President George W. Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment and natural resources, and as Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy. During his seven year service, Mr. Connaughton worked closely with the President, the Cabinet, and the Congress to develop and implement energy, environment, natural resource, and climate change policies.
An avid ocean conservationist, Mr. Connaughton helped establish four of the largest and most ecologically diverse marine resource conservation areas in the world. He is a member of the advisory board of the ClearPath Foundation, and a board member of the Argonne National Laboratory, the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), and the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. He is also an Advisor to the medical isotope company Shine Medical Technologies.