Our Team

Since founding JTI, Inc. in 1999, Jeff has built a reputation for promoting excellence while minimizing risk. He focuses on four areas in which he has a wide range of experience: business expansion and restructuring, ethics and compliance, corporate communications, and public sector engagement.

Jeff couples strategic vision with bold yet practical execution. His counsel benefits from insights drawn from decades of experience in the global business environment. Clients have ranged from start-ups to Global 100 firms. His professional experience prior to forming JTI includes:


  • Vice President, Trade and Investment for Daimler-Benz’s Washington, DC, office. Responsible for trade and investment, public affairs, and strategic communications, 1996-1999

  • Vice President of the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, 1993-1995

  • Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, 1990-1993

  • Practicing attorney in Arizona, representing German companies and family businesses in the US, 1985-1990

Jeff holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an MPA from Harvard University, a JD from Indiana University, and an LLM in European Union Law from the Universität des Saarlandes. He is fluent in English and German.

Fionnuala Thinnes, Business Manager and Co-Founder

Fionnuala co-founded JTI in 1999 and directs the company’s day-to-day business operations, overseeing finance and accounting, human resources, and technical operations. She is also engaged in supporting JTI’s series of Peer-to-Peer Best Practice Forums for high-level executives.

Fionnuala’s previous positions include:


  • Manage PR for the Berlin-based inpro Innovationsgesellschaft mbH, a joint venture of companies in the automotive industry focused on developing and applying cutting-edge innovation

  • PR/sponsorship department lead for The Coca-Cola Company's entry into the former East Germany

  • Manager of public relations and corporate identity initiatives for the global advertising department of the French CAC 40 company Bull HN

  • Program lead and office manager, World Affairs Council of Arizona, working with the US State Dept to connect leaders from around the world with those in the US

Fionnuala has a BA in Applied Languages (Translating with Interpreting) from Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. She is fluent in English and German, and conversant in French.



JTI calls on experts in the fields of business, law, policy and leadership to serve its clients. Meet our team of advisors here.

“Mr. Thinnes’ leadership style was one of constant optimism, though he was not afraid to make recommendations for difficult changes based on solid analysis and good judgment.”

— Dr. Andreas Oldenbourg, Founding Partner of Haarmann Hemmelrath

Jeff Thinnes, CEO and Co-Founder

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