Mr. James E. Nevels is an Independent Director at Alcoa Corp., at WestRock Co., a Lead Independent Director at WRKCo, Inc., a Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at The Swarthmore Group, Inc., a Chairman at Cjp/Ikon LLC, a Member at Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. and at The Pennsylvania Society. He is on the Board of Directors at Alcoa Corp., WestRock Co., WRKCo, Inc., Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, First Data Resources Australia Ltd., Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Milton Hershey School, Pennslyvania Fly Fishing Museum Association and Pga Reach. Mr. Nevels founded The Swarthmore Group in 1991. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the securities and investment industry.
Mr. Nevels was appointed by President Bush to the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in 2004. He served as Chairman from 2005-2007. Mr. Nevels also served as Chairman (2009-2015) and Lead Independent Director (2015-2017) of The Hershey Company, member of the Board of the Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School, Chair and member of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, member of the Board of First Data, member of the Board of XL Group, member of the Board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, member of the Board of MMG Insurance Company, member of the Board of Tasty Baking Company, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (current emeritus member).
He received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University (cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), as well as his MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and JD from The University of Pennsylvania Law School, which he completed at the same time.