James Francis is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm Asset Management. As CEO, James is responsible for the oversight and development of all of Paradigm’s strategies including its innovative proprietary ranking process AlphaMax.
Prior to founding Paradigm Asset Management Company, James was responsible for the development of an in-house business unit for Oppenheimer and Company designed to serve the needs of institutional investors in the area of investment management, cash management, and equity and fixed income trading for public and private accounts. Previously, James was an executive with Shearson Lehman Hutton where he worked with the Consulting Services Division providing asset management consulting to the private and public market. James was also responsible for national and international marketing for the IBM Corporation.
James Francis holds a B.A. from Morehouse College. He is a co-founder of The Council of Urban Professionals, an organization that aims to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. He serves or has served on the board of Council of Urban Professionals, Community Financial Resource Center Corporate Leadership Board, ArtsConnection, Wall Street Project, and the C.J. Francis Sickle Cell Foundation. He is a member of the New York City Partnership, National Association of Security Professional, NY-NASP, New American Alliance, Council of Institutional Investors, and National Council on Teacher Retirement.