Utah's Josh James among 192 Young Global Leaders
Josh James, the founder, chairman and CEO of the business intelligence software company Domo Inc., has been named one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders for 2012.
Past winners have included Larry Page, cofounder and CEO of Google; David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom; Maria Bartiromo, CNBC anchor and managing editor; George Hu, chief operating officer Salesforce.com; and Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook Inc.
James, 38, was one of 192 under-40 Young Global Leaders from 59 countries named on Tuesday.
"Your nomination is in recognition of your record of professional accomplishments, your commitment to society and your potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through your inspiring leadership," the forum said in a letter to James.
James, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday, also helped create Omniture Inc., a Web traffic analytics company, while a Brigham Young University student in 1996. It was sold in 2009 to Adobe Systems Inc. for $1.8 billion.
After about a year at Adobe, James left that company and founded Domo, which is headquartered in Lindon. The company provides business leaders with a variety of information about their enterprises, such as monitoring sales and inventories in real time.
The Geneva, Switzerland-based World Economic Forum bills itself as an independent organization whose goal is to improve the world by engaging leaders to help "shape global, regional and industry agendas." The group stages a well-publicized conference every year in Davos, Switzerland.
The Young Global Leaders selection committee for the 2012 list was chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. The group screened the profiles of thousands of people from around the world and from a variety of disciplines and sectors, the group said.
"The honor, bestowed each year by the forum, recognizes up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world," the group said in announcing the 2012 list.
Other North American winners this year were Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker; Candy Chang, an artist and co-founder of Civic Center; Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks; Valerie Keller, founder and CEO of Veritas; Binta Niambi Brown, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis; and Pardis Sabeti, an assistant professor at the Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology.
The 2012 honorees become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that includes 713 people who have received the honor. The group stages an annual summit, this year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on April 14-18.
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