Jim Connaughton has served as Executive Vice President at several prominent clean energy and information technology companies. In 2001, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Connaughton as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he served until 2009 as President George W. Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment and natural resources. There he helped develop and implement market-based policy and technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges - including energy production, air and water pollution, climate change, wetlands restoration, and conservation of marine resources.