Executive Team



Executive Team

Executive Team

James F. O’Neil III
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
James (Jim) O'Neil joined CUI Global as vice chairman in July 2019 and was subsequently appointed chief executive officer in October 2019. He is a veteran executive of the power industry and has been instrumental in formulating and is overseeing execution on CUI Global’s transformation plan that reshapes the company into a diversified energy services platform.

Mr. O’Neil was previously chief operating officer, chief executive officer and president of Quanta Services, Inc. (Quanta) from 2008 to 2016, an infrastructure solutions provider for the electric power, oil and natural gas, telecommunications and renewable industries. During this period, he grew the company into a Fortune 500 enterprise with $7+ billion in annual revenue at its peak through a combination of both organic growth and many strategic acquisitions.

Mr. O’Neil joined Quanta in 1999 and over his tenure was responsible for various initiatives including the company’s growth strategy, internal audit, and merger and acquisition initiatives. He began his career at Halliburton Company in 1980 where he held various positions, lastly as Director, Global Deepwater Development.

Mr. O’Neil holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. He currently serves on the board of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV, FirstEnergy Corp., and NRC Group Holdings Corp.
William J. Clough
Executive Chairman and President
Mr. Clough is the executive chairman of the Board of Directors of CUI Global and president. A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, Mr. Clough joined the company’s Board in 2006 and was subsequently appointed chief executive officer in 2008. In his role as CEO, a position he held until 2019 with the appointment of Jim O’Neil, he led the establishment of the company’s Energy division, formed its Energy operations in North America, and guided the company to its largest Energy contract award in its history while concurrently managing the company’s Power & Electro-Mechanical division to greater than average electronics industry growth rates in recent years. As CEO, he directed company’s capital markets strategy, including leading several equity offerings to institutional investors and spearheaded the company’s uplist to the Nasdaq Capital Market in 2012.

Mr. Clough previously founded and operated a multi-state, multi-office law firm for 14 years. He received a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in 1990. He is a former law enforcement officer and U.S. Federal Air Marshal. Mr. Clough serves on the board of directors of privately-held Virtual Power Systems, creator of Software Defined Power®, in which CUI Global holds a minority equity investment.
Daniel N. Ford
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer - Energy Division
Daniel N. Ford, Chief Financial Officer of CUI Global Inc. and Subsidiaries, and Chief Operational Officer of Orbital Gas Systems, age 36. With a background in the big 4 accounting firms, including KPMG, Daniel Ford brings a large company perspective to a small company with big potential. As CFO of CUI, Mr. Ford has consistently moved CUI into a position of profitability, efficiency, and forward thinking, transforming many of CUI's accounting, inventory management, and vendor relations processes. Mr. Ford has implemented improved ERP systems, was instrumental in financing CUI Inc.’s move into its current 62,380 square foot facility, worked in conjunction with Mr. Clough on the 2012 and 2013 equity raises and listing onto the Nasdaq Capital Market, as well as worked to facilitate the acquisitions of Orbital Gas Systems Limited and CUI-Canada and construction of the Orbital Gas Systems facility in the United Kingdom. Mr. Ford holds an MBA from George Fox University. He holds many awards and leadership positions in business, including the Financial Executives Award in 2001. He also actively provides leadership in the community.