Leadership Middle Tennessee names executive director

Former Bridgestone exec is a 2006 LMT graduate

The Leadership Middle Tennessee Board of Directors announced today that Patricia (Patti) James has been tapped executive director.

James, a 2006 LMT graduate and a former board member, replaces Susan Taylor, who retired after 14 years at the helm of the nonprofit.

“Patti is a proven, flexible leader,” Seab Tuck, LMT board chairman, said in a release. “We are excited to welcome her to the new role.”

James recently retired from Bridgestone Americas, Inc., having spent the past 21 years as vice president of human resources and administration and time as vice president of the shared services division.

James serves on the boards of directors for the YWCA, Mentor-WOMEN Unlimited and Entrepreneur Center. She is the past president of Nashville Industry Liaison Group and has served nonprofit boards for Nashville Opera, Junior Achievement, Workforce Employers Outreach Council, State Workforce Development Board, Tennessee Hospital Association and Happy Tales Humane.

James holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a M.B.A. degree in human resources management, both from Ohio State University.

LMT is a regional leadership program founded to engage community, nonprofit, government and business leaders in a 10-county region of Middle Tennessee. Participating counties are Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties.

The organization operates through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.