Executive in Residence
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.5157 Fax: 412.396.4764
James J. Byrne is the Executive in Residence at the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and former Executive Director of the Beard Institute. He continues to serve as Chairman of Byrne Technology Partners, Ltd., founded in April 1995. The firm provides interim management at the CEO and senior executive level for technology companies. The services include turnaround, valuation improvement and exit strategies. In addition, Mr. Byrne assists his clients by assuming management control of their investments and consequently became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of OpenConnect, a worldwide software company, from 1999 until 2001. From April 1990 to April 1995, Byrne was President of Harris Adacom Corporation, which was formed from the 1990 merger between the Data Communications Division of Harris Corporation and Adacom Inc. From December 1986 to April 1990, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Data Communications Division of Harris Corporation. Previous to Harris, Byrne was Senior Vice President of United Technologies' Semiconductor Operations and President of the North America Group of Mohawk Data Sciences. Mr. Byrne began his technology career with General Electric, where he served in a number of capacities, including Director of Eastern Operations.
Mr. Byrne currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lennox International Inc., an industry-leading provider of residential and commercial air conditioning and heating systems, a NYSE listed company. At Lennox, Mr. Byrne chairs the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and in that capacity served as Chairman of the CEO Selection Committee in 2007. From 2004 until 2007, Mr. Byrne was the CEO and Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas, and organization comprised of emerging companies involved in social responsibility. Byrne has served on boards of four public companies. Internationally, he has served on corporate boards in Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Israel and the United Kingdom. In addition, he served as a board member of the American Electronics Association (AEA) and was Chairman of AEA's Texas Council. Byrne was a founder and board member of the Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC), a consortium approved by the U.S. Government, of major American corporations collaborating in advanced research and development and was also a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Texas (UTD) School of Engineering and Computer Sciences. Mr. Byrne is a Fellow and a founding board member of the Legacy Center for Public Policy and periodically lectures at leading universities around the country on issues of technology and corporate strategy.