Jay R. Taylor is an industry-recognized enterprise risk management, finance, internal audit, and technology executive with over 30 years of international leadership experience who is seeking to join the board of directors for a growing public or private company. His goal is to bring risk-aware decision making and better board governance using his skills and knowledge within the automotive, technology, financial services, and healthcare areas.
In April 2016 Jay retired from General Motors Company to become CEO of EagleNext Advisors and use his broad business and technology skills to help companies achieve their growth and strategic objectives as a board member. He now serves as an Advisory Board member of two digital technology companies: Sealed Speed, Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts and Arbor Insight of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
During his tenure at GM, he was most recently responsible for designing and implementing Strategic Risk Management in response to a product quality and culture crisis in 2014 that significantly impacted the Company’s brand, reputation, and financial results. Jay worked closely with the CEO, senior leaders and the newly-formed Board of Director’s Risk Committee to embed better governance, risk management and compliance across the world and improve strategic decision-making by applying leading-edge decision-support tools such as war gaming, game theory, and scenario analysis.
Prior to 2014, Jay served in various executive roles across four continents leading internal audit, risk management and regulatory compliance assessments in areas including global information technology/cybersecurity, automotive manufacturing, captive auto financial services, corporate treasury and an SEC-registered investment advisory company managing $100B in pension and other assets. He led highly-skilled technical teams and championed in-depth assessments of major innovation initiatives including ground-breaking vehicle cybersecurity and penetration testing efforts, IT insourcing, and software development. Throughout his career, Jay has focused on the highest levels of ethical business conduct and was responsible for performing fraud and whistle-blowing investigations including reporting for the Audit Committee.
Jay earned his MBA from the University of Michigan with Honors and earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ferris State University with Highest Distinction Honors. He is the author of several professional publications and a frequent speaker and presenter on the topics of risk management, technology, board governance, and internal audit/control.
Jay is a Board Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Founding Member and Programs Chairman of the Private Director’s Association in Detroit. He previously served as Chairman of the IIA International Advanced Technology Committee, as a member of the Board of Governors and as Chairman of the Technology Committee for The Institute of Internal Auditor’s Detroit Chapter, and as Trustee for the IIA Research Foundation.