James Quinn, Class of 1970

Jim Quinn is a retired President and Director of Tiffany & Company, the internationally renowned jewelry firm.  Founded in 1837 in New York, the company began to expand its business around the world in the 1980s, and in large part thanks to Jim’s guidance, now has over 150 locations in 19 countries.  Jim joined Tiffany in 1986 and was appointed to President in 2003.  He is also executive vice president of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, established in 2000, which supports arts preservation and environmental conservation groups.  As president, Jim was the overseer of retail sales in stores throughout 17 countries, with responsibility for the company’s global expansion strategy.

Jim was raised on Staten Island and attended Hofstra University, where he played football and contributed movie and theater reviews for the Hofstra Chronicle.  Upon graduation, he joined Citibank, leaving as a vice president to join Tiffany.  He graduated from Pace University with an MBA in 1980.

Jim has always been active in business, education and charitable organizations.  Jim serves as a board member of companies affiliated with the Bank of New York and Mutual of America.  He is Chairman of the 5th Avenue Association, Chairman of the North American Board of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in Dublin, Ireland and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.

He has received many awards including alumni achievement awards from both Hofstra and Pace and has been recognized by Irish American magazine as one of the top 100 Irish American businessmen. Jim and his wife Diane were active members of the Catholic Adoptive Parents Association and have consistently supported the work of the Catholic Home Bureau.  He and his wife make their home in North Caldwell, New Jersey with their son Brendan and their daughter Jenna.