James D. Somerville is Managing Director of executive search at Harvard Group International, a mid-sized retained recruiting firm. He has completed search assignments in retail, professional services, sports management, distribution, and manufacturing. He simultaneously serves as Managing Director and Founder of Somerville & Associates, a professional directorship and consulting firm where he has completed operations, turnaround, and human capital assignments that utilize his extensive operations management skills.
Prior to forming the consulting firms, Jim was President and COO of Product Development Corporation (PDC), a privately held $130m distribution, fulfillment, and information management company. He served as Executive Vice President and CEO of BET Inc. (British Electric Transit), the US operating arm of London based BET Plc, a $3.6b multi-national support services conglomerate and a board member of the parent, BET Plc. BET’s US companies contributed over $1.2b in revenues in service, manufacturing, retail, and distribution business units. Previous turnaround experiences included Sr. Vice President of Loomis Armored, Inc. and Core-Mark International. He has served as Chairman of the Boards of Factory 2U Stores, a NASDAQ retailer with over 300 stores in seven western states, and Ohio Caliper, an automotive parts re-manufacturer for Goodyear, Firestone, and Sears among others. He has also served in key operating roles at Kearney Management Consultants, Charles Schwab, Loomis Armored, and Core-Mark International.
Jim holds a B.S. degree from Indiana State University and an MBA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Western Michigan University. He and his wife, Robin, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.
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