James Whalen, M. Phil.

Chief Financial Officer

James Whalen leads the Administrative Services Division at ISI, an organization committed to providing world class support to the research community at the Institute. Achieving this objective is the result of attracting, developing and retaining an excellent team of committed, skilled and knowledgeable individuals in the areas of: Pre and Post Award, Accounting, Payroll, Procurement, Facilities, Government Security and Business Systems.

Whalen joined USC in 1998 after 19 years in the aerospace industry, during which he helped win and manage Department of Defense advanced missile programs for Hughes Aircraft Company. He also has been a corporate merger-and-acquisition manager for Hughes Electronics, a role in which he led more than a dozen M&A projects. He is dedicated to applying tested financial management techniques, such as contingency theory, to optimize the interactions amongst staff, business processes and suites of software applications. Whalen earned his Master of Philosophy degree in Management at Oxford University.