James E. Brumm

James E. Brumm

1942, San Antonio, Texas, USA 

alifornia State University at Fresno, BA magna cum laude in Political Science, 1965; Columbia University School of Law, LL.B, 1968. 

Professional career
1968 – 72 associate at Reid & Priest, New York; 1973 – 76 associate at Logan, Okamoto & Takashima, Tokyo, Japan; 1977-2012 Mitsubishi International Corporation, General Counsel 1987 – 2007, Executive Vice President 1991-2007, member of the Board of Directors 1982 - 2010, Executive Advisor 2008- 2012; 1995 – 2002 member of the Board of Directors of Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan; 1999-2014 member of the Board of Directors of Tembec, Inc, Canada, a publicly traded company where he was a member of the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee (chair 2005 – 2008). Pension Advisory Committee, Audit Committee and Special CEO Search Committee; 1987 – 2009 member of the Board of Directors of Brunei LNG, S.B., Brunei; since 2008 member of the Mitsubishi Corporation CSR and Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee; 1992 - 2010 President and Director of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas; 2002 - 2010 Trustee of the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa. Admitted to the New York Bar.

As General Counsel Jim Brumm has been engaged in and advised on a broad range of legal and compliance matters, including joint venture negotiations, acquisitions, a major tender offer, complex litigation and criminal and civil antitrust cases. As part of management and as a board member of various companies, Jim Brumm has dealt with the full range of corporate governance. He has been in charge of media relations and environmental and social responsibility issues, in particular, in stakeholder engagement and shaping corporate social responsibility policies and practices.

Other engagements
In 2007 and 2008 he was Co-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Forum, International Bar Association (IBA). From 2002 until 2009 he was a member of the IBA Council. At the IBA, Jim Brumm was one of seven members of the Task Force on International Multijurisdictional Commercial Practice that produced a report in January, 2004 entitled Recommendations for Temporary Cross-border Commercial Practice. A member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he was the Chair of the International Trade Committee 1990 – 1993, Chair of the Task Force on Legal Services 1998 – 2001, a member of the International Human Rights Committee 2009 – 2012 and a member of the International Environmental Law Committee 2012 - 2015. Jim Brumm was a member of the Board of the American Bird Conservancy 2003 - 2013 and was Chair of the Board 2007 - 2013. He served on the Board of Forest Trends (an international environmental non-profit that works to increase the value of forests to society) from 2003 until 2011 where he was Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. In 2010 he was elected to the Board of the International Crane Foundation where he served as Chair from 2014 to 2017. From 2011 to 2017 he served on the Board of First Peoples Worldwide, an organization dedicated to the development of indigenous peoples and protection of their rights, and in 2011 was appointed to the Advisory Board of the State University of New York's Centre ValBio for biodiversity and health research in Madagascar. He was a member of the Board of the Red-Crowned Crane Conservancy in Kushiro, Japan 2012 - 2018. Also, Jim served on the Board of The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture located in Hanford, California from 2012 - 2015 and on the Board of the International Fund for Animal Welfare from 2013 – 2015. In 2014 Jim was elected to the Board of NatureServe, a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action and was elected Board Chair July 1, 2018. In 2016 he was elected to the Board of the Amazon Conservation Association and became Board Vice Chair in 2018. Jim also serves on the board of the CLAWS Conservancy (Communities Living Among Wildlife Sustainably) and has served on the boards of Sanctuary for Families and International School Services. Jim is also a member of the boards of EcoAgriculture Partners, Global Forest Generation and Amaterasu Za, an organization in New York whose goal bring bi-lingual productions of classic and contemporary Japanese plays and musicals to English and Japanese-speaking audiences, and to develop theater, film, and video projects.

California State University at Fresno – Distinguished Alumnus of the Year - 2016