Jim Thorsten is a proven search industry executive with over 25 years of relationship building including strategic client partnerships and developing and leading high-performance teams. His expertise in Talent Acquisition is wide, but his original roots grow deep in manufacturing and supply chain/logistics. Throughout his career, his fostering of key relationships with trusted clients have allowed him to expand his knowledge and success into additional areas of executive management, HR and Sales. Harvard Group International is pleased to add Jim to the team as a Managing Director in the Atlanta office.
Prior to joining Harvard Group, Jim was responsible for developing and implementing large scale, multimillion-dollar workforce management programs for many Fortune 500 organizations in various industries: Automotive, Distribution, Food and other manufacturing, Financial Services and Healthcare. He quickly embraced the art of consultative client partnering, addressing needs and implementing SWOT analysis, program design and project management. He is a true generalist, having thrived in his partnerships with all levels of client organizations and across several functionalities.
Jim is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Management. While at Georgia Tech, he was a scholarship student-athlete on the varsity baseball team as a pitcher for the Yellowjackets. Upon graduation, he joined Fortune 500, Westvaco Corporation, a high-quality fine paper and paper packaging manufacturer. During his tenure with the company, he held sales positions at the corporate office in New York City as well as in Los Angeles. He was then recruited by Gulf States Paper to manage and grow key relationships with high-volume Food industry clients.
Jim resides in the Atlanta area and has one daughter living near Washington, DC. He is an avid reader of history, stays physically active through high-intensity group training and enjoys golfing. In the fall, he enjoys occasional open road time on his motorcycle.