Special Advisor, Morgan Stanley

James A. Runde is a Special Advisor and a former Vice-Chairman of Morgan Stanley. During his career with the firm, he has been responsible for a wide array of mergers, privatizations and restructurings and is highly regarded for his expertise in the transportation industry. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of The Kroger Co., one of the nation's largest retail companies. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Burlington Resources, a large U.S. oil and gas company, and he serves as a trustee of The Morgan Library & Museum. He is also a trustee of Marquette University. 

In 2007 Runde was selected to serve on a blue ribbon panel along with Speaker Newt Gingrich, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Senator Bob Kerrey to develop a national strategic plan to defeat Alzheimer's disease.

In 2009 Runde was selected to join the National Transportation Policy group, which is part of the Bipartisan Policy Center, headed by Senators Robert Dole and Tom Daschle.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree from George Washington University School of Business. After attending Marquette on an NROTC scholarship, he served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Runde and his wife Barbara currently reside in New York and have three grown children.