|Dr. James G. Cosgrove has had experience in various leadership levels including strategy development, execution and board governance. His positions have included large corporate responsibility, international assignments and entrepreneurial start-ups.
He is currently a General Partner of BCF Group, LLC. Jim was a founding partner of the BCF Group, an oil & gas exploration and development company. The Group raised a Fund in 2006 and has drilled multiple wells. An extension of the Fund was raised in the summer of 2009 and several individual Operating Agreements have been funded in recent years. He is still active with several start-up companies.
Prior to BCF, Jim joined Baker Capital as CEO in Residence in 1998. Baker Capital Corp. is a private equity management firm with $1.5B under management. They are focused on the telecommunications industry, software and networked based applications sector. Jim assisted in identifying attractive investments, performing due diligence on potential investments, serving on Boards, and in developing corporate strategies for the Baker Communications Fund’s portfolio companies. For example, he was Chairman of the Board for S2 Systems, a Baker portfolio company, until the company was sold. After the initial Baker investment, Jim served as the CEO of S2.
From 1996 until 1998, Jim was President and Chief Executive Officer for AT&T-Unisource Communications Services v.o.f., a Pan-European data company, headquartered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.
From 1994-1996, Jim was Vice President and General Manager of AT&T Business Multimedia Services; also served as Vice President of AT&T Data Communications Services from 1993 to 1994. Located in Hong Kong, he assumed responsibilities as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AT&T Asia/Pacific, Caribbean & Latin America, a position he held from 1990 to 1993. Before that, from 1974 to 1990, Jim held various technical and general management positions for Bell Labs & AT&T Communications Services
In addition to serving on the Boards of several Baker Communications Fund’s portfolio companies, he was a member of the HISPA Executive HLF Board, the Board of TrusteesUnited Way in Berkeley Heights, IL. He served as a Director of the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry and on the Board of Trustees for Hull House Association in Chicago. From 1990 to 1993, Jim was appointed to the Board of Directors for Goldstar Information and Communications, Ltd., Korea and to the Board of Directors for AT&T Taiwan Telecommunications Co., Ltd., Taiwan.
Jim, who has a doctorate in Physics, received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, where he also conducted two years of postdoctoral research. A former Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Jim received a masters of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from UNO.
Jim and his wife, Beverly, live on Lake Conroe, north of Houston, Texas.