James "Jim" Borsum - 2018 BAE Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

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2018 Alumni Honors


Jim Borsum - 2018 BAE Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

James "Jim" Borsum (BS, Food Engineering, MSU, 1980; MS, Food Engineering, MSU,1981; MBA, Finanace and Marketing, Univ. of Chicago, 1986) was awarded the Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jim is Partnership Leader, Global Supply Chain & Shared Services for World Vision International. Jim is recognized for world-class operations management expertise in fast-paced human capital intensive professional services businesses, and as a forerunner in the evolution of contemporary strategic sourcing and global supply chain management practices. Jim is highly effective in team building, people development and motivation, creating enabling environments where people are innovative, performance-driven and excel.

At MSU, Jim graduated in the first Food Engineering cohort and continued with Dr. Bakker-Arkema for a Master’s degree while interning with Kellogg. Upon graduation in 1981, Jim joined CPC International as an Operations Manager / Superintendent / Process Control Engineer. In 1986, he joined RHM, PLC to become Vice President & General Manager / Plant Manager for New Tech Snacks. Most notable in his career he worked as a Management Consultant for almost 25 years with A.T. Kearney as Managing Director and Operations Practice Leader, focusing on Consumer Products, Retail and Manufacturing clients. In addition Jim also spent time with The Boston Consulting Group and KPMG as Operations Strategy Practice Leader.

Jim and wife Deborah live in Burr Ridge, IL. In recent years, they have been very active (investors and on Board/counsel) with the Great African Food Company where they expect to spend a lot of their time going forward. Congratulations Jim for making BAE proud! Go Green!