Jim Harris has a 25-year track record of achievement as a business strategist, marketer and entrepreneur — most recently as founder and CEO of The Wall Street Journal Office Network. In addition to having started companies in the business services and technology arenas, Mr. Harris has served as an executive or strategic advisor to leading enterprises including: Google, The National Football League, Hyatt Hotels, Gillette, Citibank, FOX, Miller Brewing Company, Molson Breweries USA, Audible, Sony Interactive, Activision and Time, Inc. He currently serves as a senior advisor to Pritzker Group Private Capital.
Prior to founding The Wall Street Journal Office Network, Mr. Harris was a founder and managing director of Equity Office Media Network, an in-house advertising venture of Equity Office Properties – then the nation’s largest publicly held owner of commercial office buildings.
Previously, he served as principal and managing partner of marketing consultancies ThoughtStep and Thomas L. Harris & Co., as a founding partner of Z Group (later Zyman Marketing), and earlier in his career, in executive roles with Allied Riser Communications, the Miller Brewing Company, and DDB Needham Worldwide Advertising (now DDB).
Jim graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A./High Honors in History, and from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with a Masters in Management.
Jim’s views have been featured widely in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, New York Magazine, USA Today, Brandweek, and ESPN: The Magazine. He has also served as a lecturer in Integrated Marketing at Northwestern University’s Medill School, and as advertising columnist for Sports Business Journal. “After Midnight,” a song he produced for Eric Clapton and Michelob beer in 1987, was nominated for a Grammy award. He continues to advise emerging technology companies including Tout and Networked Insights.