Jim Armstrong

Mr. Armstrong is founder, former chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of JDA Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS), (currently Blue Yonder), which he founded in Canada in 1978. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, JDA Software Group, Inc. provides enterprise software solutions to the world-wide supply chain market, enabling planning, optimization, and execution of merchandising and supply chain processes. Mr. Armstrong served as chief executive officer of JDA Software from 1985 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2003.

From 2008 until 2019, Mr. Armstrong was managing partner of Canal Partners, a Scottsdale, Az. venture capital firm focusing on early-stage technological firms. His roles included identification of potential acquisition targets, due diligence, financial analysis, and final investment decision making.

Mr. Armstrong serves on a wide range of boards and foundations. In addition to previously serving as chairman of the board for JDA Software Group, Inc., he is currently a director and president of JDA Investments (US), Inc. He is president and chairman of the Armstrong Family Foundation, president and chairman of the Kiita Foundation, and chairman of the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation. He has received numerous awards and honors including Arizona Software Association Business Leader of the Year, Ernst and Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst and Young Spirit of Philanthropy Award, Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award, and National Society of Fundraising Executives Spirit of Philanthropy Award. He previously served on the board of Omnilink Systems, WebPT, Click Dimensions, NetTime Solutions, Allbound, and the Arizona State University Foundation.

Going Down The Road is his memoir. “It tells the story of growing up in Elliot Lake Ontario, meeting the woman I would spend my life with, early events in Canada that helped form my work ethic, the founding and growth of JDA Software, going public, buying and selling businesses, and forming a meaningful foundation. It includes tales of my many adventures along the way.”

The book is available at the following sites:


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