James B. Hayes


Jim Hayes is the former Publisher of Fortune and the former CEO of Junior Achievement. He recently retired his position as Chairman of the Board of Ashowrth, Inc. and has served on the Ashworth Board since 2003. From 2002-2006, Mr. Hayes was the Founding Chairman and CEO of The Colorado Festival of World Theatre, an important addition to the professional nonprofit theatre in America and to the network of world-class international theatre festivals. In 2001, Mr. Hayes retired as President and CEO of Junior Achievement Inc., a nationwide non-for-profit organization providing economic education to over four million students in the U.S. and an additional one million people in over one hundred nations around the world. Hayes served on the Junior Achievement national Board from 1987-1995, including time as Chairman.

Prior to his years as President of Junior Achievement, Hayes enjoyed a lengthy, distinguished career in magazine publishing. He joined Time Inc. in 1959 and over the course of the course of the next 23 years, he held various executive posts for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He was named Publisher of DISCOVER in 1984 and Publisher of FORTUNE magazine in 1986 and held that latter position until retiring in 1994 to enter the independent sector. While Publisher, Hayes founded The FORTUNE 500 Forum, an annual gathering of FORTUNE 500 CEO’s to discuss the major issues facing business and the nation. His career with Time Inc. extended over 35 years.

A longtime advocate for our nation’s children and improvement of the US public education system, Hayes established the FORTUNE Education Summit. Held annually from 1988-1993, the Summit brought together government, business, and academic leaders to discuss the role of the business community in education reform. In further pursuit of these interests, in 1994 Hayes founded The New American Revolution, a business led initiative to address the needs of the nation’s children.

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