Jay is an international speaker, author, former senior civil servant, historian, and for the last 14 years served as Senior Director for External Research at Mars, Inc. / Catalyst (2007-2020), the internal corporate think tank of family-owned, privately-held Mars, Inc. Mars is the maker of such iconic brands as M&Ms, Snickers, Mars Bar, Wrigley’s chewing gum, Pedigree pet food, and much more. The company – with $38bn in annual revenue and employing some 125,000 associates – has been the incubator for the Economics of Mutuality (EoM) business model management innovation since 2007 and funded the launch in August 2020 of the independent not-for-profit EoM Foundation, owning a for-profit EoM Solutions consultancy, both headquartered in Switzerland. Jay serves in senior roles in both organizations from his base outside DC.
While at Mars, Jay co-created / co-led the Oxford University EoM Lab with then-Mars Chief Economist Bruno Roche and former Oxford business school dean, Prof. Colin Mayer – a hybrid initiative now in its 7th year that has delivered joint research, MBA course curriculum, 5 annual Oxford EoM Forums, business roundtables, and EoM executive education. Jay has co-authored the book, ‘Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World’ (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), republished in Mandarin (CITIC Press, Beijing, 2018), and he is a contributing co-author of the forthcoming book, ‘The Economics of Mutuality: Putting Purpose into Practice’ (Oxford University Press, 2021). Jay’s first book was ‘Spies and Saboteurs: Anglo-American Collaboration and Rivalry in Human Intelligence Collection and Special Operations, 1940-45’ (MacMillan & St. Martin’s Press, 1999). His doctorate is from Oxford University’s St. John’s College, he has an MA from Lancaster University, and a BA (double major) from American University.
Prior to joining Mars, Jay served for almost 17 years in various US government positions in both the legislative and executive branches, finishing his government civil service career near the top of the senior executive service. He has been married to Eleni for 35 years and they have a son and daughter.