Jim Sullivan to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Recognition of his long-standing leadership in Technology
Boston, MA. – June 22, 2023 NWN Carousel, the leading Cloud Communications Service Provider delivering integrated solutions for today’s Hybrid Work environments for more than 5,000 customers across North America, today announced that company CEO Jim Sullivan will receive an Honorary Degree from Fisher College during its 119th Commencement Ceremony for its graduate program to be held on June 28, 2023.
Jim will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Commercial Sciences in recognition of his leadership in business. Over the past 4 years, Jim has transformed NWN Carousel into a national technology powerhouse with over 1,000 employees delivering over $800M in revenue in 2022. The company has consistently been recognized as a Best Place to Work and Fastest Growing Company in Boston and is nationally ranked on the INC5000 list of fastest growing companies in North America. Jim has been recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2021-2023, and named one of the 150 Most Influential Bostonians by Boston Magazine.
NWN Carousel has a long-standing relationship with Fisher College, both professionally and ideologically. Located on Beacon Street in the heart of downtown Boston, Fisher College is a valued client of NWN Carousel and also hosted the company’s Hybrid Work Summit in 2022 featuring NWN Carousel’s CMO, Andrew Gilman, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and moderated by Boston Globe business reporter Jon Chesto.
“Jim Sullivan is a pioneer in developing and implementing next generation technology for professionals across the country to excel in the hybrid work culture of today and tomorrow,” said Steve Rich, President of Fisher College. “The Fisher College community is honored to recognize Sullivan’s decades of leadership in the technology space as he and his company pave the way for our students and graduates to meet and exceed their goals.”
Prior to NWN, Jim served as President of Actifio from February 2011 until May 2019, driving the cloud software company to a unicorn valuation of $1.3 billion, with more than 3,500 global customers and a 50% CAGR, ultimately leading to a successful acquisition by Google in December 2020. He led sales, presales, channels, OEM distribution, and co-developed Actifio’s company strategy from pre-revenue through high-growth, cash-flow positive with global operations and holds two U.S. patents #10613938 and #10691659 for data virtualization. Prior to Actifio, Jim served as President of enterprise storage provider XIV, responsible for business direction and go-to-market model, including sales, marketing, and global services. After XIV was acquired by IBM in 2008, Jim ran the business for three years as VP of IBM Storage, generating over $1 billion in total sales. Previously Jim was CEO of CentrePath Network, and prior to that, he spent 12 years helping to grow EMC Corporation from $80 million to more than $10 billion in annual global sales, serving in several senior management positions culminating in SVP of Sales, among the top executives in the company.
Most recently, Sullivan’s company NWN Carousel was awarded the nation’s top prize for Best Career Growth from the prestigious workplace culture site Comparably, and the Largest Private Tech-Services Firm in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.