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James Monsees has over 15 years of experience as an executive leader and in product design. Since 2020, James has been an independent investor and advisor to companies with regards to business and product strategy. From 2017 to 2020, James served as the Chief Product Officer of JUUL Labs, an electronic cigarette company which he co-founded. He also served in prior leadership roles for JUUL Labs and its predecessor companies. From 2015 to 2017, James served as Chief Product Officer of Pax Labs, Inc., an electronic vaporizer company which he co-founded. Prior to this, James served in leadership roles at Ploom Inc, the predecessor to Pax Labs, Inc including as Chief Executive Officer and board director from 2011 to 2015 and as Chief Operating Officer and board director from 2007 to 2011. Previous roles include James Monsees Product Design from 2004 to 2008, a consulting firm which provided independent product design consulting to various consumer and technology companies. From 2005 to 2006, James was a Founding Fellow of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University and from 2002 to 2003 was a Product Designer for Metaphase Design Group. James holds a B.A. in Physics and Studio Art from Kenyon College and a M.F.A. in Product Design from Stanford University.


Founder, JUUL Labs + Pax Labs

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