Tim Harden was responsible for all Supply Chain functions within AT&T including strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, supply chain logistics, distribution, and fleet management through 2014.
Prior to this assignment, he was president and CEO of AT&T West, an $18B operation of nearly 40,000 employees. He previously served as president of network services for AT&T Southwest, President of Data and Network Services for SBC Operations. He gained broad telecommunications experience from a series of executive assignments within AT&T’s predecessor companies SBC and Pacific Telesis, including president of SBC Telecom, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Telesis Business Systems, Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Bell’s Advanced Communications Network, and Senior VP – Network Engineering and Planning of SBC Data Services.
Tim started his career in the Telecommunication Industry for Pacific Bell in San Francisco. Prior to that Caterpillar Tractor Company and the US Navy. He was also an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and a retired Captain in the US Navy.
Tim is active in organizations that promote economic development, educational and youth activities. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the QuEST Forum Executive Board managing the worldwide quality standard TL 9000. This is his second term as Chairman of the Board. He is a member of Supply Chain 50 which represents a group of the top 50 Fortune 500 Supply Chain professionals from around the world.
Tim is an inductee in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as a scholar athlete, and was named in 2007 as a Distinguished American by the San Francisco Chapter of this organization for his efforts in support of the mission to promote and develop the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America’s young people. This honor was only the 9th award given by this organization in the 60 years history of the organization.