Chief Information Security Officer

Jim Nelms

A leading cybersecurity and risk management practitioner with a broad experience in creating, transforming and sustaining infrastructure for protecting organizations and their information assets. A tenured professional who has experience in the technical trenches as well as in the boardroom with a focus in international banking/finance and healthcare sectors Cybersecurity is a science of probability, not possibility with risks exogenous to a corporation. Developing and maturing risk assessment models to survive in today’s hostile networked environment is key to business sustainability. Risk models are necessary to accurately measure and manage technology risk within any business environment. With increased complexity and data expansion increasing exponentially, the decisions for technology investment and direction are becoming increasingly difficult. Without adequate technology risk metrics and loss probability factors, business decisions are reduced to best guesstimates Cybercrime is the only crime in which the victim is held responsible… The 21st-century CISO has a responsibility to the business to provide usable information surrounding technology risk on a continuous basis to minimize this risk. Information security is NOT what you prevent, but what you make possible -j

Current Role

  • Company Name: Smithfield Foods
  • Job Title: Chief Information Security Officer
  • Start Date: March 2022
  • Company Industry: Food Production
  • Location: Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly®” and serve as one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others.


Previous Company:

  • Company Name: North American Dental Group
  • Job Title: Chief Information Security Officer
  • Start Date: September 2021