James J. Nolan
JAMES J. NOLAN is Executive Vice President, Chordant. In this role, he leads Chordant, InterDigital’s Smart City-focused IoT business, overseeing the development of Smart City-focused IoT technology and solutions toward commercialization, as well as the various corporate and public authority partnerships involved in their deployment.
Since joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Nolan has held a variety of engineering and management positions, including serving as the company’s senior engineering officer from 2006 to 2014. Before assuming his current role at the end of 2015 (initially under the title of EVP, IoT Solutions), Mr. Nolan served as head of InterDigital Solutions and was responsible for advancing the company’s market-ready technologies toward commercialization as well as establishing and developing strategic business relationships and identifying potential new business opportunities. Prior to that, he was InterDigital’s Executive Vice President, Research and Development, from 2009 to 2014 (which included the role of head of InterDigital Labs from 2013 to 2014). In those roles, Mr. Nolan led InterDigital’s research and development team, overseeing the development of standards-based technology as well as next generation technology initiatives. Prior to leading the engineering and R&D organizations, he led technology and product development of modems, protocol software and radio designs for multiple wireless standards. He also played a key role in business development activities around the world. Mr. Nolan came to InterDigital from the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held technical and leadership roles on various engineering development programs.
Mr. Nolan serves on the board of directors of Convida Wireless, InterDigital’s joint venture with Sony. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Dean's advisory board for Hofstra University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and he previously served on the board of directors of EvoNexus.
Mr. Nolan earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master's in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (now known as New York University Tandon School of Engineering), and an executive master's in business administration from Hofstra University.