James B. Flaws is vice chairman and chief financial officer (CFO) of Corning Incorporated. Flaws joined Corning in 1973 and was appointed CFO in 1997, adding the role of vice chairman in 2002. In addition to his financial duties, he is responsible for mergers and acquisitions and the legal and corporate communications functions at Corning. Flaws is on the boards of Dow Corning and the Corning Incorporated Foundation. He is active with the local United Way, where he served as a board member for 17 years, board chairman for three years, and treasurer for 10 years. He has been a Trustee of The Corning Museum of Glass since 1999, and has served as Chairman since 2007.
Flaws graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in engineering and received a master's degree from Dartmouth College. He was named a member of The Conference Board’s prestigious Council of Financial Executives in May 1999. Institutional Investor magazine named Flaws one of America’s Best CFOs in 2006.