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Darla Moore School of Business


James Thetford

Title: Lecturer
Department: Finance Department
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-5960
Office: Darla Moore School of Business, Room 451A
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


James Thetford was a career banker for over 35 years before retiring from banking and beginning a second career in academia.

He attended the University of Illinois (B.S. in Business Administration with honors) and Harvard Business School (MBA in Finance). He started his banking career at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he spent 13 years in London, the Middle East and Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, he was head of loan syndications for Asia and subsequently head of corporate banking in Hong Kong.

He moved back to London and joined The Sumitomo Bank Limited, where he was ultimately head of banking for most of Europe (including Eastern Europe and Russia) as well as the Middle East and Africa. After 12 years at Sumitomo, he left and held several successive senior banker positions, including managing director at Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia and executive vice president at Gulf International Bank in Bahrain.

After a brief retirement, the opportunity arose to teach finance at Colorado Mountain College. This led to an appointment as an assistant professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate-level finance courses, as well as coordinating the university's master's degree in finance program. After four years in Abu Dhabi, he took a short break and then took a one-semester assignment teaching finance to undergraduates at Wenzhou-Kean University in China earlier this year.


  • MBA, Harvard University
  • B.S., University of Illinois

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