Jim Childress
Senior Director
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25+ years of IT Leadership experience
Expert in distressed program remediation, complex program management, due diligence & day one planning, post-merger & acquisition integration
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Jim Childress is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in Los Angeles.

He specializes in structuring and delivering large scale technical solutions related to post M&A integrations, distressed enterprise solutions, systems simplification and modernization, and digital transformation.  In addition to his deep industry experience in both media & entertainment and healthcare, Jim also has led key initiatives in consumer products/services, financial services and aerospace.

Mr. Childress brings more than 25 years of diverse industry experience spanning several Fortune 500 and global companies including NBC Universal, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Beachbody, PacifiCare Health Systems (now United Health), Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. He has structured and led the recovery of more than seven distressed programs, architected the PMOs and performed hands-on management of six post-merger integrations including the GE / Comcast deal for NBC Universal, performed full lifecycle program leadership of numerous complex initiatives, and has collaborated with countless teams on matters related to processes optimization.

Prior to joining A&M, Jim spearheaded the turnaround of a $140M program at Beachbody which included the modernization of their U.S. and Canadian websites to enhance up-sales and cross-sales as well as the launch of their first European site in the U.K. The program also included a broader adoption of the Oracle EBS platform and a footprint reduction of several legacy systems.
Additionally, Mr. Childress ran post-acquisition activities related to the MSNBC Digital acquisition from Microsoft, oversaw the redesign and delivery of the NBC News Digital website, architected and delivered a $15M Production Crewing system for the Rio Olympics, led the restructuring of a U.K.-based joint venture resulting in $1.2M cost out and directed the delivery of 11 film distribution systems throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Childress has lectured and been a guest speaker in the healthcare industry on topics related to Medicare reimbursement and was instrumental in architecting simplified processes through a partnership with HCFA related to the Medicare+Choice program as part of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. As an entrepreneur, he was the Founder/President of a peer to peer luxury services company that specialized in the responsible sharing of high-end vehicles (much like Airbnb, but for exotic vehicles).

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in systems architecture & engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.