Stuart Thorn
President and CEO
Southwire Company

With a 20-year legacy of high-impact accomplishments in executive leadership, Stuart Thorn leverages a career of financial and operational savvy to deliver record profitability across divisions and around the globe. As president and chief executive officer of Southwire Company, one of the world’s largest producers of electrical wire and cables, Stuart directs all North American operations, overseeing international business, legal, finance, information technology and human resources.

As Southwire’s first and only non-family chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, Stuart has developed and executed the short and long-term strategies that have earned Southwire the top market position against fierce competition. With broad-reaching capabilities that span from marketing, sales and production to distribution, engineering and acquisitions, his ability to integrate an innate understanding of international market conditions with operational leadership is the perfect formula for success. Achieving results that include a 300-percent revenue growth to $5.6 billion and pioneering new technologies that have shaped the wire industry, Stuart has attained recognition in numerous publications. Honored as Manufacturer of the Year in Georgia by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (2013), the Best of the Best Marketer in the Electrical Industry by tED Magazine (2012), and Green Supplier of the Year by Pacific Gas and Electric (2009), Southwire has been recognized as Home Depot’s Electrical Supplier of the Year six times between 2002 and 2012.

In 2014, the Copper Club named Thorn its Copper Man of the Year, the copper industry’s highest honor, and presented him with the club’s Anhk Award.

Prior to his career with Southwire, Stuart served as chief financial officer and president and later as chief operating officer of Beaulieu of America, Inc., the largest family owned flooring company in the world. He served on the boards of directors for two of Beaulieu’s affiliated companies, one of which was public. Developing and executing strategies for all operating divisions and corporate functions, Stuart doubled sales and profits within three years, directing four major acquisitions and leading Beaulieu to $1.8 billion in revenue. Implementing streamlined manufacturing processes, he established and directed ISO 9000 quality management procedures, as well as statistical process control, material resource planning and standardized variance reporting – driving efficiency and delivering record profitability.

A veteran executive of multi-national Fortune 500 companies, Stuart served in leadership positions with two corporations that represent household names across the world: Campbell Soup Company, Inc. and SC Johnson, producer of Windex®, Ziploc®, Saran Wrap® and other household brands. As vice president of international finance for Campbell Soup Company, Stuart led two acquisitions and directed the global expansion of the company. His tenure with S.C. Johnson spanned 16 years, progressing through titles including cost management analyst, corporate acquisitions director, regional controller for African and Near East markets and director of finance for North America consumer products. Directing large-scale acquisitions, including the $1 billion purchase of Drackett (Windex and Drano® brands), Stuart executed long-term brand management strategies and led financial and planning initiatives for 10 of the company’s subsidiaries.

Stuart completed his master of business administration degree in finance and decision science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1979 after obtaining his bachelor of science degree in economics, graduating magna cum laude. Today, he serves in a leadership capacity on numerous boards and executive committees, including the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Electrical Manufacturers Club, the Curtiss-Wright Corporation Board of Directors, the University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business, the International Cable Federation Board of Directors and the Copper Development Association Board of Governors. He also serves in leadership roles on various civic organizations, including Great Promise Partnership in Georgia. A published songwriter and journalist, Stuart enjoys music, writing, art, photography, architecture and, most importantly, spending time with family.

 
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